On Friday morning, members of the Stetson University men’s and women’s basketball teams joined with students, faculty and staff at Blue Lake Elementary for a “Safety Walk” to promote safety for those students who walk to and from school every day.
The event was put together by the staff at Blue Lake, who asked for the Hatters’ participation to help bring attention to the need for motorist to always be watchful for children while driving through local neighborhoods.
“Stetson is always proud to partner with the DeLand community and this morning was a great opportunity for our team to play a role in that partnership,” Hatters men’s coach Casey Alexander said.
Members of the basketball team split up to walk with groups of students beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday. The players joined with youngsters to cover the final quarter-mile on their morning trek to school.
After all of the students made it safely to school, members of the Stetson basketball teams were presented with certificates of appreciation by the students, faculty and staff at Blue Lake Elementary to thank them for helping to raise awareness.
“The walk with the kids was a fun event that gave us the opportunity to meet the children in the community,” Hatters junior center Adam Pegg said. “It was also a way for them to get to know us as role models.”
Remember to keep a close eye out for children walking to school during the morning and walking home from school in the afternoon when driving on the streets of DeLand. The Hatters also want to remind all motorists to put their phones away while operating their vehicles, because no text is worth the loss of a child.