At Berkeley’s National Junior Honor Society’s recent induction ceremony, the new inductees saw an example of the group’s community service and peer mentoring efforts with the premier of this year’s Safe Routes to School pedestrian safety campaign videos. The National Safety Council pointed out that while the dangers of distracted driving are well understood, less attention is paid to the dangers of distracted walking. Walking and texting has become a leading cause of pedestrian injury and death (http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-pedestrian-safety.aspx). While walking is a wonderful way to get exercise, it’s important to pay attention to stay safe while walking. A social media committee also worked to get the word out to their peers through tweets, texts and other tools.
More videos are available on the Safe Routes to School Facebook page.
The National Junior Honor Society’s website describes the program as “the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship” (https://www.njhs.us/utility/about-us).
Safe Routes to School is proud to be one way that Berkeley’s chapter provided this and other acts of service in their community this year.