|School children hold peaceful
heart, slow your cart!" "Safety is a must, kill the dust!" "Be a star, slow your
car!" These were some of the phrases that students from Island Academy, Lydia's
Institute of Fine Education (LIFE) and Isla Bonita Elementary, chanted last week
during a peaceful protest to bring safety awareness to the drivers of this
The protest, the idea of Mrs. Dixie
Summerscales of Island Academy, was scheduled as part of the activities for
Children's Week. Although this specific activity was postponed for the following
week, the children certainly made an impression as they paraded through the main
streets of San Pedro with posters and banners expressing their concerns about
the traffic situation on the island. Accompanying the students in this
"demonstration" were Traffic Warden for San Pedro Ralph Hulse, Assistant
Inspector of Police Linden Flowers and several members of the San Pedro Police
Ashley Varela a student from LIFE told the
San Pedro Sun, "We hope that we can make a
difference through this walk. We are trying to get drivers to slow down. The
area where my school is located has become very dangerous because of fast
drivers. We ask them to slow down for the safety of all children, visitors and
Andrew Alamilla Borham of Island
Academy commented, "This parade is part of a presentation concerning safety. A
major problem we are experiencing is too much dust caused by speeding drivers.
We hope this protest will get the attention of the drivers."
Standard VI students of Island Academy had the
following comments concerning the safety walk.
Chefy Paz -
"I personally think taxis are good to get around in. They get you to places
quicker and they are necessary to the island but I think the drivers are not
really careful and they seem like they haven't learned the basics of driving and
they should just slow it down."
Hussein Harmouche - "I
hope the walk did a lot of good for the community."
Villatoro - "The cars and trucks have been two big problems. I hope our safety
walk encouraged others to support our cause and slow down
Joey Beisser - "No
Courtney Bowen - "I feel that the oversized
trucks and vans that have recently come to the island are starting to diminish
La Isla Bonita's beauty. If the drivers had learned how to drive properly, they
would not speed and would not be so reckless. I watch these vehicles speed by
with a cloud of dust behind them everyday. I hope the support of the children of
the island will encourage the vehicle owners to learn the rules of the road, and
then to obey them."
Kiera Bauman - "I hope the walk
benefited the community by encouraging drivers to slow down. I hope it made them
realize that our walk expressed our concern for safety on the
There you have it folks. The future leaders of
this community and this country have taken this serious problem into their own
hands. They have taken the initiative of showing others that the traffic
situation is indeed a concern not only for adults but also for the children. We
hope this exemplary action will be well received and improvements to this
situation will occur. As one of the posters read, "Dust Busters say kids have
the right to be safe." A big thumbs up to the organizers, teachers, the police
and traffic departments and all the students who participated.