Monday, those driving through the Crane School District neighborhoods will notice something a little different.
That's right, folks. School is back in session, at least for Crane students.
It's hard to imagine, with the summer heat in full effect, that summer has come to end. In fact, other area districts will join them over the next two weeks, from elementary right on up to Arizona Western students.
Yuma is an interesting microcosm. With our intense heat, many children spend their summer days in pools or tucked away indoors. But with school starting once again, our streets and neighborhoods will be filled with eager youngsters headed to the classroom.
Drivers, it's a good reminder to leave a few minutes earlier that you may have otherwise, especially if your daily drive takes you through a school zone. Slow down a little, and help make sure that everyone makes it to their destinations safely.
In fact, the Yuma Police Department is taking note of the situation, and will be monitoring all school zones as part of Project Drive Safe, in an effort to make sure kids make it to school and home again in one piece.
While no one wants to pay a fine for a traffic violation, the biggest concern is that no one wants a tragedy, especially one involving young pedestrians.
That being said, good luck to our students as they launch into a new school year. May it be a bright one filled with learning, discovery and knowledge.
Parents, we hope you take the time to help your child this school year, to work with teachers, to learn and grow with your student. Parental involvement is often an essential ingredient in the recipe for student success.
And to our teachers and school administrators, we hope you have a successful year as well. We hope you connect with your students (and their parents), engage them, and challenge them to attain their goals – and more – through the school year.
Let's hit the books, and have a great school year, Yuma County!