Walking to School Can be Dangerous at Staunton's McSwain Elementary

It's Walk-to-School week in Staunton, but for some students at McSwain Elementary, walking to school can be dangerous.

The school doesn't have a sidewalk for students, and as a result, community members are working together to get one built.

Earl McCray, the director of operations at McSwain Elementary, says Wednesday the school is still waiting for approval from the city for a grant to build the sidewalk.

He also says support from the community has been tremendous, and believes the push for safety sends a good message to the kids.

"The families, the teachers, the administration, and Staunton fire and police have all helped out," explains McCray. "It's very important that I had them, so the children could see the peers of our town showing support in this matter."

A vote for approval of the sidewalk grant is expected Thursday, and McCray says he's confident it will pass.


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