Over 105,000 students at 400 schools across Florida walked to school as part of FDOT’s promotion of International Walk to School Day. Students wore bright, reflective clothing, backpacks, wristbands and stickers and learned safe walking skills like using crosswalks. They also learned to avoid distractions like cell phones and headphones when crossing the street. Creating safe routes for children to get to school and pedestrian safety is high priority for the department.
Janella Hassel won the statewide “I’m a safe walker” poster contest. Thirty schools around the state submitted their top entries. She joined NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse Jr. and students, parents, teachers, administrators and community safety advocates for the walk to school. On her poster, she drew children using the buddy system to walk their dog and wearing helmets to ride their bikes. She received a certificate and neon green reflective backpack signed by Lagasse and took pictures beside him in front of his show car.