Student Safety A Priority
The PTO hears from many parents who are concerned about crosswalk and pedestrian safety during drop-off and pick-up. It's a reasonable concern given the influx of traffic at arrival and dismissal times as students and parents move quickly to get to their next destination. That's why the PTO made it a point to reach out to the City of Happy Valley, Happy Valley Police, and even HVE staff to problem solve how we can best support our kids.
With testimony from the PTO board and school administration, the City's Traffic & Public Safety Committee voted in favor of the City partnering with the PTO to put together a joint safety campaign that reminds drivers of the importance of adhering to rules of school zones. The PTO also agreed to encourage our school community to take an active interest in practicing safe habits and educating students to be more aware of things they can do to reduce the likelihood of a mishap. From this collaboration, our annual School Safety Campaign took off and our Walk & Roll events were born.
Learn more about our partnership by checking out the City of Happy Valley's School Zone Safety campaign webpage.
Lets Walk & Roll!
In efforts to encourage safe habits as kids make their way to and from school, the PTO has partnered with Happy Valley Parks and Recreation and Happy Valley Police to bring a fun and informative event geared toward students, teachers, and families. Our fall Walk & Roll to School event takes place Friday, Oct. 7 and serves to highlight the importance of crosswalk safety, keeping distractions to a minimum, and overall best practices when it comes to parking lot safety and visibility. We will be convening at Happy Valley Park at 7am where light refreshments and educational giveaways will be provided to students, teachers, and families who attend. The event will culminate with everyone walking to school together. Teachers and staff are highly encouraged to participate by joining us at the event and walking with the kids. And yes! There will be coffee!
Our community held a similar event last spring and it was a highlight for our school-community. Check out some photos below from our inaugural event.
Teacher Classroom Wishlist
Have you ever wondered how you could help support your student's teacher and class? You're in luck! We've developed a teacher classroom wishlist. If you would like to help, simply check out this Wishlist and select the items you would like to purchase. You will even have the option to include a personalized message to your child’s teacher during the checkout process. Your gift might just help bring a memorable and vital classroom activity to fruition!