Hardy Safe Walk: Safe routes for kids, by kids

Getting to and from school should be easy and safe. But with so much traffic on Glass Street and nearby Dodson Avenue, kids at Hardy Elementary have a lot to negotiate on their commute. Our Hardy Safe Walk team worked with teachers and students to come up with creative ways to mark safe paths for walking, and then brought them to life over two days of field trips and creative student engagement.

Teams of art students hit the street with stencils and wheat paste to mark a safe walking path to and from Hardy. The stencils included Hardy’s Eagle mascot created by a neighborhood artist Jonathan Dean, and were painted on the sidewalk in bright colors. The stencils were applied at the same time as the Crutchfield Asphalt Mural, bringing color to every corner of Glass Street’s sidewalks and gathering spaces.

A big thanks to Hardy’s art teacher Sarah Cross, who shared lessons with her students about murals and stencils in the weeks leading up to the field trips.