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World-Wide Walk to School Day

Top Walking to School Safety Tips
Tips for Walkers

Developmentally, most kids can’t judge speeds and distances until at least age 10, so younger kids need to cross with an adult

Did you know most walking injuries happen mid-block or someplace other than intersections? Whenever possible, cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks

Look left, right and left again before crossing the street, and keep looking and listening while crossing

Walk, don’t run, when crossing the street

It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths, but if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible

Remove headphones when crossing the street, drop an earbud, when on alert out of doors

If you need to use your phone, stop walking

Distraction among drivers is at an all-time high today, so try to make eye contact with the driver before you step into the road

Tips For Drivers
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones, before and after school hours

Most walkers are injured mid-block, not at intersections, so watch out for kids who may dart into traffic or cross where they shouldn’t

Give pedestrians the right of way at a crosswalk

Using cell phones, even hands-free, makes it harder for drivers to be alert to walkers who may also be distracted on cell phones

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When you see the yellow Safe Place Sign……

“Just A Kid”
Special thanks to Marian Barber with Advocates for Children for sharing this artwork.


“Just A Kid”
Just a kid.
Abused and forgotten.
Just a kid that was marked on.
Lost and confused in a dark room.
Just a kid wondering what she did wrong.
Scared and wounded.
Just a kid who believed she was worthless.
Crying with hate.
Just a kid who put her feelings into cutting herself.
Wondering what to do.
Just a kid who hid her scars and acted like everything was ok.
Just a kid who got taken away from her family.
Just a kid who saw the yellow Safe Place sign.
Just a kid that went to Flowering Branch and learned she isn’t just a kid.


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Summertime is drawing to a close.

Ours was filled with the anxiety of complete bedrest for a very pregnant daughter which gave way to a lovely, healthy grandaughter.

The death of our dear friend’s son, funeral, memorial, and our surrounding them with all the support we can muster!

The unexpected, harried,  but happy move from cabin to lake home, with happy birthdays for grandaughters along the way.

You see our grandson celebrating our move as only a five year old can!

Now…….back to a “more normal” pace.  We celebrate the coming of Fall,  mindful of our many blessings.Image

Off to School-

We made sure as he headed to Kindergarten we talked about strangers being people he did not know,

that most people are good and will help you, and to tell us,  the teacher or yard duty if someone has bad behavior.

He sang his Dad’s phone number for me and I was ready to let him begin a life of education!

Then I Saw it, Oops!

A big No No…..his Mom bought him a back pack with his name on it. Cute but, Yikes!

Had to tell her, that is one of the first ways a pedophile can slow a kid down….call them by name, reading off their own backs!

Dinner Discussion Topic

Discuss playground behavior with your children at the dinner table.  If there is trouble on the playground you will want to discuss it, and allow them to tell you how it was handled by the staff, surrounding children,  and your child.  This will allow you the chance to discuss the subject before your child needs to handle this behavior themselves.

Happy Back to “Normal” and the School Year folks!

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