Video: Walk To School Day in Highland Park, with the mayor

October 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm | In Highland Park, Safety, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Highland Park Elementary students gathered for a group photo after a memorable International Walk To School Day stroll. Not only were they basking in October sunshine, they also were celebrating new safety improvements in the area (crosswalk, speed bumps, stop signs) – with a VIP guest on hand:

Actually, those are both VIPs. Photographed with Mayor McGinn, that’s Rachael Wright, a parent volunteer who has worked hard to get safety issues addressed, including securing grants to fund them (as mentioned in previous WSB coverage including this big safety celebration last spring). This morning, she was part of the crowd crossing at the 11th/Holden crosswalk that’s become a reality

Carrying the banner – CityYear corps members who work at HP Elementary:

They huddled with the mayor too:

And, as the walk proceeded, Highland Park Elementary principal Ben Ostrom chatted with the mayor:

Highland Park community leaders were on hand too – we saw HP Action Committee co-chair Carolyn Stauffer, and members of nearby Highland Park Improvement Club.

ADDED: Wouldn’t be an appearance without a speech – we recorded that too:

Find out more about Safe Routes to School here.


  1. So appreciative of all of Rachael’s work on this project! LOVE the changes in the neighborhood, the safety improvements, and the push for more walking to school!

    Comment by KellyM — 2:49 pm October 3, 2012 #

  2. Way to go Highland Park!!

    Comment by Christie — 3:32 pm October 3, 2012 #

  3. Outstanding work Rachael and others who made this happen!

    Comment by D I D — 5:51 pm October 3, 2012 #

  4. Heck- Holden is even scary to cross when I’m in my car. Great job Rachel. The kids walking to Sanislo Elementary appreciate it too!

    Comment by SideofBlueCheese — 6:48 am October 4, 2012 #

  5. This is amazing for our neighborhood–huge huge thanks to everyone who made it happen!

    Comment by vs — 11:10 am October 4, 2012 #

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