IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Emergency vehicles will be stationed at elementary schools across the city Tuesday, reminding motorists to slow down on the first day back to school.
The effort is part of the Idaho Falls Fire Department’s participation in the Blazing A Trail to Literacy campaign, a public service effort adopted by firefighters across the nation that encourages elementary school students to read.
Members of the IFFD have participated in Blazing a Trail to Literacy for seven years. In addition to the School Zone Program at the start of every school year, the local firefighters also read to students in their schools and sponsor a contest in which the most prolific readers are rewarded with a fire-engine ride to school.
On Tuesday, fire engines and ambulances will be parked outside of 11 elementary schools in School District 91, all except Longfellow Elementary, which is opening a week late to allow construction crews to finish site work around the new facility.
The goal is to remind motorists of school zones and the increase in pedestrian traffic as students return to school.
“We want to remind people to slow down,” IFFD Capt. Jeff Parsons said.
Mayor Rebecca Casper agreed.
“Nothing is more important than a child’s safety,” she said. “After a long summer, we hope to help local drivers get back in the habit of slowing down for the school kids.”
For more information about the campaign, contact Capt. Parsons at (208) 589-7239.