On Saturday October 27th we held a Halloween-themed pedestrian safety rodeo at Frayser Achievement Elementary School as part of their Saturday School Program. During the event we worked with approximately 250 children on proper use of cross-walks, reading of traffic signs and signals, identification of safety hazards, clothing choice for walking at night, and recitation of the “safe walking pledge”. Kids were given glow sticks and/or finger lights to be used while Trick-or-Treating during the Halloween holiday. Volunteers from the University of Memphis and Frayser High School assisted with program implementation.
In 2008, Frayser Elementary was awarded $250,000 by the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program to package a comprehensive plan addressing safety concerns in the area immediately surrounding the campus. The majority of the funds are being used to construct a new median on Dellwood Avenue that will help control traffic speeds as well as prevent dangerous turning movements by cars. New crosswalks and signs will also be installed as a part of the project. The other components of the grant include data gathering and analysis, a series of educational events, and a public art installment.