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Highland students learn about train safety

11/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Highland Local Schools
GRANGER — Third-graders at Granger, Hinckley and Sharon elementary schools took part in Operation Lifesaver Nov. 1.

The purpose of this annual program is to educate and increase public safety around railroad tracks, equipment and property.

Volunteer presenter Rob Smykal discussed railroad safety, showed an informational video and talked about the history of the railroad industry with students prior to taking them on a train ride. Smykal also stressed the importance of “look, listen and live” and “stay off, stay away, stay alive” and asked students to remember that “tracks are for trains, not for kids.”

Shown at right, Granger third-graders in Emily Kaplack’s class take a moment to get acquainted with “Trooper Teddy.” From left are Julia Shaw, Julia Calderone, Emily Perhacs, Kathryn Siliko, Kaplack, Madison Barnes, Sidney Rischmiller and Shruthi Palaniappan.

This is the seventh year the program has been offered to Highland students in conjunction with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad and the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society.

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