LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today marked International Walk to School Day by walking with families to a local elementary school campus, discussing the importance of street safety with students and parents, and highlighting infrastructure improvements aimed at making L.A.’s neighborhoods safer for pedestrians.
Along the walk to Magnolia Elementary School in Pico-Union, the Mayor noted street safety features — such as high visibility crosswalks — that have been added through the Safe Routes to School partnership between the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Those crosswalks have been added near each one of 50 school campuses identified by the City and LAUSD as most in need of pedestrian safety improvements.
“Every child deserves to grow up in a neighborhood with safe streets and easy access to a quality education,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Walking to school helps our kids get the exercise they need, build self-confidence, and draw closer to their families, friends, and neighbors. We’re taking action to make sure that those routes to school are as safe as possible for Angelenos of all ages.”
Students, families, community partners, and mayors across the world are taking part in International Walk to School Day — and 2017 marks the fourth consecutive year that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has celebrated the day in partnership with LAUSD. This year, more than 170 Los Angeles schools and 45,000 students are participating in the program.
“Getting every student to school safely is everyone’s business. L.A. Unified is a proud partner for student success from preschool to the graduation finish line — and this includes Safe Routes to School,” said LAUSD School Board President Mónica García. “We thank families, staff, partners, and community leadership that strengthen safe passages so that every child in Los Angeles has the opportunity to read, write, think, and believe.”
Upon arrival at Magnolia Elementary School, Mayor Garcetti also announced that Yoobi has made a donation of school supplies that will reach over 100,000 LAUSD students.
“We are thrilled to support the students and teachers of Los Angeles Unified School District with Yoobi’s single largest school supply donation to date,” said Ido Leffler, Co-Founder and CEO of Yoobi, a school, home and office supplies company that gives back to U.S classrooms in need through its nonprofit partner, The Kids In Need Foundation. “As a Los Angeles-based business, we love giving back to our local community, and look forward to continuing our work with the district to ensure our supplies get into the hands of the kids who need them the most.”