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.