AT CGS: Jump for Georgia teaches road, pedestrian safety

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Safety presenter Valerie Wood talks distracted driving

Staff and students of CGS, 670 Eglinton Ave. E., felt privileged to be visited by Leaside resident Jillian Walsh, mother of Georgia Walsh, at the end of the school year. Jillian has teamed up with dynamic presenter, Valerie Wood, to bring road safety education to children. The presentation was incredibly effective and captivated students from start to finish. The overall message of the presentation was one of empowerment for children. They are encouraged to know the rules and remind grown ups who are seen making unsafe choices. Distracted driving was the main focus but Valerie also talked about jay walking, running out from behind parked cars and correct helmet use. That was followed by a 15-minute Jump. CGS students gathered pledges for the Jump and raised $4,364 in just a few short weeks to contribute to the playground rejuvenation fund for Traces Manes Park. The new park that will be named for Georgia. The Jump for Georgia team has been busy locally at other schools, spreading the message of road, bike and pedestrian safety with almost 2,000 kids. Thanks to Georgia’s mom, Jillian, for bringing this life saving information to children in Leaside and beyond. Donate here to the Trace Manes Park Rejuvenation Project.

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