Already, we’ve published our annual warning to motorists to begin watching for school buses and kids walking to and from school.
Beeville Police Chief Joe Trevino reminded drivers they can expect to encounter traffic jams around many of the city’s schools in the mornings and afternoons – especially for the first few weeks until parents get used to the routine.
However, no matter where kids will attend school this fall, motorists need to start getting used to slowing down in school zones right now.
Also, drivers need to pay special attention to school buses. When a bus driver turns on the blinking red lights, all vehicles traveling both ways on the street are required to stop until the driver turns them off and starts moving again. Any driver caught violating that state law will get a ticket.
On an unrelated topic, some parents will be especially saddened when they pass by Kohler (Nopal) Park to take their children to R.A. Hall Elementary School.
What a senseless tragedy that occurred there Sunday afternoon, the loss of such a promising young life.
Parents in this community should redouble their efforts to try to make a difference in their children’s lives, starting at an early age. Read with them and encourage them to study and do well in school.
Many studies have emphasized the importance of an education and the increased value of a high school diploma, some college training (such as welding or a commercial drivers license) or a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Moms and dads should attend their children’s school and extracurricular events, take them to church, take them on trips out of town (to a museum, zoo or park), keep them away from bad influences.
Spend precious time with them and show them how valuable they are to you. In the blink of an eye, the years will fly past and they will be gone and having families of their own.
All of us should do everything possible to raise a contented and contributing member of society, not another life wasted to crime, drugs, gangs and prisons.