Brownsville students learn traffic safety through interactive session

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — A fun and interactive way to get students knowledgeable about traffic safety.

“Especially traveling back and forth to school, whether biking, walking or riding cars or buses, we want our kids to be safe,” Brownsville Mayor Bill Rawls said.

A representative from the Tennessee Department of Transportation led an interactive training session with first through third graders from Haywood Elementary School.

Mayor Rawls said the session is part of the Safe Routes for Schools federal program.

“Anytime we have an opportunity to interact with children, it really makes my day,” Rawls said. “That’s what motivates me and keeps me going.”

As part of the training, children were introduced to a traffic safety city, which has realistic sidewalks and streets. Students were also instructed on the proper hand signals to use while on a bike.

“I don’t think a lot of them know those, and they do ride bikes,” Haywood Elementary Principal Anna Roberts said. “We have several students that ride their bikes here in the neighborhood. I think that will help them know, ‘oh, I’m making a left turn,’ and I can see them using those.”

Mayor Rawls says as part of the Safe Routes program, Haywood Elementary will add a six-foot sidewalk and crosswalk. That project is set to begin this summer.

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