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You're Never Too Young to Teach Transit Safety

Heather Redfern
Public Information Manager

They may be young, but 15 first through fifth graders from Folsom, Delaware County's Edgewood Elementary School are teaching important lessons with railroad safety posters they created for SEPTA's Seventh Annual System-Wide Safety Day. The students' work features bright drawings and messages such as "Use your brain. Look out for a train!"; "Come on, you have a life to live! Stay off the tracks!"; and "Stay alive. Stay off tracks. Don't play on trains. Stay alert. Obey safety signals."

The students' drawings can now be seen throughout the Authority's service region, on safety brochures and the "Make the Safe Choice" wrapped bus, both of which debuted on SEPTA Safety Day, May 1.

"This is a win-win for us," said Jim Fox, SEPTA Assistant General Manager of System Safety. "The school partnership helps us get our safety message out to a younger audience to help them learn how to be safe around our system. And, the students have fun helping us send that message to our riders."

SEPTA, with the help of special friend the Phillie Phanatic, recognized the students at a school assembly on Safety Day. "The Edgewood students hit many of the important safety points with their drawings - stay off of the tracks, stand behind the yellow tactile strips on platforms and look for trains," said Fox. "All of our passengers will learn from the children's work."

In addition to a "SEPTA swag bag", the students were given the opportunity take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Authority. The students, parents and Principal Dr. Sue Kulp, rode a bus through the bus wash and met operators at Southern Bus District; toured the Control Center; tested train and bus simulators; and met with SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel and SEPTA K-9 and Special Operations Response Team (SORT) officers. They also had a lunchtime meeting with the Authority's General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel.

"I was very impressed by the children," said Knueppel. "They were engaging - they answered my questions and asked me about transportation. They understand rail safety, too. The bus wrap and brochures they helped design give us more tools when we travel throughout the region reminding our customers and neighbors to 'Respect the Train'."

 SEPTA PD SORT officers talked about their 'tools of the trade'.

SEPTA PD SORT officers talked about their "tools of the trade".


After a demonstration, SEPTA K-9 Officer Dodi received pats on the head and scratches from the students.

After a demonstration, SEPTA K-9 Officer Dodi received pats on the head and scratches from the students.


SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel thanked the children for their assistance with SEPTA's safety educational materials.

SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel thanked the children for their assistance with SEPTA's safety educational materials.


Students tried their hand at operating trains and buses with SEPTA's simulators.

Students tried their hand at operating trains and buses with SEPTA's simulators.