PPD of­fi­cers lend a hand on Na­tional Walk to School Day

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - BY JUAN AVILA jlopez@porter­villere­corder.com

Stu­dents who walked or biked to school Wed­nes­day morn­ing around Porter­ville en­joyed some ex­tra peace of mind and pro­tec­tion as Porter­ville Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers were staged around town to make sure they all got to their re­spec­tive cam­puses safely.

PPD joined in Na­tional Walk to School Day Oct. 10 lo­cated at mul­ti­ple schools from the Porter­ville Uni­fied School District and Bur­ton School District.

While stu­dents walked and rolled to school, mem­bers of the PPD as­sisted with cir­cu­la­tion like cross­ing guards and deployed ad­di­tional of­fi­cers to the neigh­bor­hoods near schools to en­force traf­fic laws.

PUSD and BSD joined schools from around the coun­try to cel­e­brate Na­tional Walk to School Day in part­ner­ship with PPD to send a uni­fied safety mes­sage to the com­mu­nity.

Po­lice of­fi­cers were lo­cated at West­field Ele­men­tary on the cor­ner of Prospect and Pioneer Ave, Roche Ele­men­tary on the cor­ner of Mor­ton and Roche St., and Bur­ton Ele­men­tary School on the cor­ner of Mor­ton and West­wood Street.

Na­tional Walk to School Day raised aware­ness to cre­ate safer routes from walk­ing and bi­cy­cling, also to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of is­sues such as in­creas­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity among chil­dren, pedes­trian safety, traf­fic con­ges­tion and con­cern for the environment.

PPD is also in the mid­dle of their Pink Patch Project, a month-long cam­paign to sell 500 spe­cial pink PPD patches to raise $5,000 to do­nate to Sierra View Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Roger S. Good Can­cer Treat­ment Cen­ter.

PPD Lieu­tenant Josh Maniss said he hopes to build a con­nec­tion be­tween the law en­force­ment, kids, com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber through the pro­gram. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Pink Patch Project, call (559) 782-7402.

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

PPD of­fi­cer Ayala, right, greets stu­dents while con­trol­ling morn­ing traf­fic Wed­nes­day, Oct. 10 at the in­ter­sec­tion of Roche Street and Mor­ton Av­enue.

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