Keeping them safe

School is back in session and that means an increase in both vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the schoolhouse and farther out into the community.

That means there’s more for drivers to watch for.

The recent death in Blair of Jaycoby Estrada is a grim reminder of the vigilance we all need to have when out on the streets. The 11-year-old was killed Aug. 23 after being hit by a truck while riding his bike through perhaps the busiest intersection in the city.

The finding of fault is for someone else to decide. What we all need to remember is just how quickly an everyday occurrence can go tragically wrong.

Locally school officials do everything they can to keep children safe. Crosswalks and other high-traffic areas around the school are monitored before and after classes. Tekamah Police Department usually has a presence in the area as well.

But Estrada was killed more than a mile from his school. That’s a reminder that everyone has a part to play in keeping children safe.

And its not just on the highways and sidewalks.

School officials last week reported that a perceived threat against the school had to be investigated.

Superintendent Dan Gross said the school worked with city police and determined that the statement made was just a prank.

But he thing is, those kind of statements have to be taken seriously these days.

They are. There are serious consequences for making that kind of joke, both through the school and through the courts.

But the overriding sentiment remains the same—it is up to all of us to help keep our kids safe.—MJ

One more thing

Tekamah Chamber of Commerce president Cindy Chatt said recently that roughly $15,000 in private donations was raised during the annual Sweet Corn Festival. Our thanks go to all who contributed to some very worthy causes.

This year, for the first time, the festival was used as a venue to raise money for community minded endeavors. They included the Tiger Trail loop, the Guy Mytty Wrestling Center, the local food pantry, swimming pool repairs and a new veterans facility. Part of the deal was a pledge from Tekamah Community Foundation to match the first $10,000 in donations.

Chatt said going back to the foundation to ask for a bigger match would be a good problem to have. We’re glad she has that problem.

—MJ

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