Students study crosswalk safety after accident

PORT ANGELES — Jefferson Elementary School sixth-graders participated in a crosswalk safety-related Project Based Learning (PBL) project during the 2017-18 school year.

The project began following an October 2016 open house night at the school when a parent was hit and severely injured at the crosswalk of South Chase Street and East Lauridsen Boulevard, according to a news release.

Students unanimously agreed that the crosswalk needed safety improvements after a student body poll was conducted.

Study process

To aggregate data and information, students involved with the project interviewed a high school student who had been hit in 2016, local state and city engineers, and Port Angeles Police Department members.

The students presented their findings to the Port Angeles School District Board of Commissioners in February and to the City of Port Angeles Traffic Safety Committee in May.

Getting results

According to the release, the “committee plans to apply for grant funding in 2019.”

“We are very proud of their community improvement project,” said teacher Brooke Hendry.

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