Posts Tagged ‘school safety’

Zoned Out

Friday, January 18th, 2008


As a mom who endured six years (egads!) of driving through our elementary school’s drop-off zone before my son headed to middle school this year, I can attest to the fact that the parent volunteers there work tirelessly, day after day, politely encouraging parents to keep the zone moving and working hard to keep kids from being whacked at the kneecaps by their parents’ vehicles.

Dexter Ford’s wonderful article, "Zone Master," appears in today’s Easy Reader magazine, published  in the Los Angeles area. [Gotta love the cover art (left), too.] I have to share a taste of it with you, to entice you to check out the rest:

Every school morning at 8, give or take, you can find me standing, like
a grizzly bear in cargo shorts, at the hilltop cul-de-sac where 13th
Street meets John Street. Expensive cars, pickup trucks, minivans and
SUVs, dozens of SUVs, climb like caterpillars up 13th Street, waiting
their turn for me to open their doors, yank backpacks, science projects
and cellos out onto the curb, and shepherd their giggling spawn into
the schoolyard, hopefully without sustaining blunt-force trauma.

That last part is more of a challenge than you might think. If you have
kids, and you enjoy scaring yourself, you should come up to The Zone
some morning and watch…

To read the entire article, click here.