To promote pedestrian safety, Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator Nadji Kirby led an “It’s Academic” style game for 120 middle school students attending the Montgomery County Public Schools Junior Councils’ General Assembly on February 27. The game was developed to appeal to the middle school age group, help them stay safe and understand the potential consequences of poor pedestrian choices. On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest, 86 percent of participating students rated the game at five and 12 percent rated it at four.
The game topics covered pedestrian safety facts and the do’s and don’ts of pedestrian safety. Students were divided into groups and had 30 seconds to come up with the correct answer. The game generated a lot of discussion among the students once the correct answer and the reasoning behind it were revealed. The groups with the most correct answers won blinking safety lights as a prize. Each student also received a reflective zipper pull and the game questions and answers. It is hoped that the students will continue discussing pedestrian safety at home and at their respective schools.
For more information about the game or for those who want to sponsor the game at their school, contact Nadji Kirby.