KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL

Ex­er­cise, safety em­pha­sized dur­ing event

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Zach Sr­nis zs­r­nis@morn­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_ZachSr­nis on Twit­ter

Ex­er­cise and safety were em­pha­sized Oct. 11 as Lorain City Schools held a for­mal walk to school day.

The pro­gram, or­ga­nized by the Lorain Con­nected ac­tive trans­porta­tion com­mit­tee, fea­tured stu­dents from 10 ele­men­tary schools walk­ing to cam­puses from des­ig­nated meet­ing points.

“This is the first of­fi­cial one for the en­tire dis­trict and this school,” said Marie Deshuk, prin­ci­pal at Ste­van Do­hanos Ele­men­tary, 1625 E. 32nd St. “We had a good turnout, and I think the kids re­ally en­joyed it.”

Deshuk said the pro­gram is an im­por­tant one for Do­hanos Ele­men­tary.

“Most of our stu­dents walk to school,” she said. “I think we have around 75 per­cent walk­ers/ bik­ers. That makes it im­por­tant

“It was great to see the lit­tle ones and see them su­per happy to get to school. It was re­ally cute.” — Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr.

to bring the kids to­gether and show them a proper route to the build­ing.

“We make sure to stay on side­walks and use cross­walks when cross­ing the street.”

Deshuk said the event also builds a group men­tal­ity.

“It showed them how to walk to­gether,” she said. “We want them to start walk­ing in groups. They are much safer when they are walk­ing in larger groups.”

Deshuk said the pro­gram only will grow from here.

“We want to have more kids in­volved,” she said. “Par­ents have re­ally done a great job of re­lay­ing the mes­sage at home, and they have got­ten to­gether to im­prove safety and aware­ness walk­ing to school.”

LaVal­ley Richey, a first­grade teacher at Do­hanos Ele­men­tary, said she has worked with a group of stu­dents who pro­vided safety for the event.

“We have a group of stu­dents who serve as the safety pa­trol at the cross­walks near the build­ing,” Richey said. “We have a group of stu­dents, grades third through fifth, that train to op­er­ate the cross­walks and make sure stu­dents are able to safely cross the streets sur­round­ing the school.”

Richey said she is very pleased with the safety pa­trol.

“These stu­dents are an awe­some group,” she said. “They get here early and are ex­cited about do­ing it. We had the cross­ing lights re­moved, so we need these guys out here.

“I need more of them. We have plenty of cross­ing walks around the build­ing, and I would like to have four at each. We es­pe­cially need more at the in­ter­sec­tion of Vine Av­enue and E. 31st Street; it’s our busiest in­ter­sec­tion.

“Events like this are great be­cause it shows the kids how walk­ing to school should be done.”

Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. started his school day walk­ing with stu­dents for nearly a mile from Cen­tral Park, 2800 Oak­dale to Wash­ing­ton Ele­men­tary School, 1025 W. 23rd St.

“It was great to see the lit­tle ones and see them su­per happy to get to school,” Hardy said. “It was re­ally cute.”

Hardy added he spoke with a par­ent who was sup­port­ive and had good ideas on how to im­prove Lorain Schools.

ZACHARY SR­NIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

A group of stu­dents from Ste­van Do­hanos Ele­men­tary walk to school on Oct. 11.

ZACHARY SR­NIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Stu­dents at Ste­van Do­hanos walk to school on Oct. 11.

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