When we are young, the last day of school is quite possibly the best day of the whole year. Except for Christmas, of course.
And as we get older and find ourselves in our senior year of high school, the last day of school is one of the saddest days.
And then a few more years down the road, we’re parents and wondering what on earth to do with the kids over the summer break.
Oh, the difference a few decades makes.
But regardless of where you find yourself at in that equation, it doesn’t change the fact that school is officially out for the summer here in Logansport and many of the surrounding communities.
That means more foot traffic around town. More kids running to the neighbor’s house to play, more skateboards rushing down the sidewalk and more families out for a leisure bike ride.
As motorists, our obligation is to the pedestrian. More pedestrians during the summer means we need to keep our eyes open for an increased number of children playing outside.
As we drive, we need to scan the area around us, looking for youngsters playing near the street. Children can be unpredictable and unaware of the danger around them. Keep in mind that a child might suddenly dash into your path. Maybe now is a good time to take that “don’t text and drive” oath you’ve been thinking about.
Watch out for crosswalks, and be alert for people who might step off the curb and into your path.
And as parents, our obligations are to protect our kids. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and area law enforcement agencies remind parents never to allow children to walk anywhere alone, whether to the store, a friend’s house or the neighborhood park. Youngsters work best in threes, and when one child heads home, the others should go home, too.