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Summer video contest kicks off to show kids how to safely use crosswalks in Hillsborough County

Students are encouraged to submit their own videos
Posted: 12:33 PM, May 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-31 17:42:46-04
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A local nonprofit dedicated to student safety is launching a summer video contest to show how to safely use a crosswalk.

The video contest is being hosted by Safe Bus For US, a new nonprofit, to help educate students of the importance of using a crosswalk safely.

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The video contest is to encourage students to create a less than two-minute video that shows do's and dont's.

After all the videos are submitted, Safe Bus For Us plans to use the videos to create a PSA that will be implemented throughout Hillsborough County schools.

A spokesperson for the school district said the district is not sponsoring the video, but they did approve the flyer for the organization to use.

The information will be sent to parents during the summer through a program called Peachjar, so parents are aware of the contest.

ABC Action News has been covering safety concerns on the way to and from school this entire year — and have witnessed firsthand how kids are improperly using crosswalks, flashing beacons, and how distracted they are.

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Danielle Waymire with Safe Bus For Us said the videos can be a fun rap, a fun video showing how to get off a bike when using a crosswalk, or how to properly wait for drivers to stop.

"We want it to be creative," she said.

The videos need to be submitted by July 8.

You can submit the videos to crosswalksafetyvideo@gmail.com.

There is a parental consent form that parents must sign, and videos must be done in a safe environment.