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ESBOCES Students Learn To Safely Cross The Street

Learning to carefully cross the street is an important life skill. Jean Warm, physical education teacher at Brookhaven Learning Center, used an ESBOCES Bixhorn Mini Grant to create Safety Town to teach students how to do it correctly.

The school staff fabricated a cardboard village filled with shops and businesses in the school gymnasium, where Warm outlined a pedestrian crosswalk and traffic lane for students on scooters who acted as motorists.

Carpentry and Trade Electric students at Bixhorn Tech, an ESBOCES Career and Technical Education school located on the same campus, built an electric crosswalk signal box indicating Walk or Don’t Walk, which Warm and fellow gym teacher Ron Mauri used to help participants practice traversing the street at the correct time.

“Safely crossing the street is an important skill that shouldn’t be overlooked and understanding how to do so is a big step towards achieving a level of independence,” said Warm. “Creating this immersive environment allowed us to offer our students a hands-on exercise to realize that goal.”

Bellport Academic Center is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES high school that provides services to students with moderate behavioral and/or intensive counseling concerns, and moderate to severe learning disabilities. Students are offered a departmentalized academic program of the New York State Regents Curriculum.

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