By DANNY KELLY
The United Way Diamonds Men's Day Wednesday program has teamed up with Sumter School District to help welcome children back to school with a project called Men2School, in which men will greet children when they …
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The United Way Diamonds Men's Day Wednesday program has teamed up with Sumter School District to help welcome children back to school with a project called Men2School, in which men will greet children when they arrive back to school on Monday with a hello and a handshake.
"Our goal is to have 300 men participate," United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties marketing and communications specialist Megan Ray said. "They will be at elementary, middle and high schools in the area."
United Way is hoping that the project will have a lasting impression on students.
"Men have a big influence on students," Ray said. "Fathers and male role models have a significant and positive effect on children's lives."
United Way has been recruiting men at local churches in the area to participate, and a Facebook post about the event has gotten roughly 200 shares to help get the word out.
United Way will also have some important men from its organization participating in the project on Monday.
"Our Men's Day Wednesday lead recruiter Napoleon Bradford will be at Wilder Elementary School, and our program director Melanie Dees will be at Millwood Elementary School," Ray said.
Principals from each school are aware of the Men2School welcome back program. If men would like to participate, they can simply go to their closest school and greet students outside of the building as they get off the buses.
For more information on the program, visit www.uwaysumter.org.
School Traffic Safety
- Drivers need to be aware that children are walking and biking to school.
- Drivers should slow down in areas designated as school zones (25 mph when sign is flashing).
- Students need to navigate crosswalks correctly.
- Students and parents need to follow stop signs properly.
- All traffic regulations should be followed.
- Resource officers will be out the first week to make drivers aware that students have returned.
- Sumter School District has pick-up and drop-off times, as well as school start and end times.
- Parents need to be aware that it will take longer to get to school once school starts.
- Be patient and don't let road rage take over.
Public information officer for Sumter Police Department Tonyia McGirt and Sumter County Crime Prevention Staff Sgt. Luke Hall contributed to this report.
- While waiting for the bus, stay at least 10 inches away from the road.
- Wear light colored clothing and reflective accessories so the bus driver and other motorists can see you.
- Don't run or play at the bus stop.
- Pay attention to moving traffic.
- Put away distracting objects (phone, music players, video games) until it is safe to use them.
- Be on time at the bus stop.
- Never distract the bus driver.
- Keep the bus aisle clear at all times.
- When on the bus, talk quietly, sit properly, and respect those around you.
Sumter School District Executive Director of Communication and Community Engagement Shelly Galloway and the South Carolina Department of Education contributed to this report.
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