New Learning Environments in Waukon Schools

Recently, some exciting new items appeared in different places around the Allamakee Community School District. What were these, you might ask? Here’s a hint: these new additions show how school libraries and classrooms are changing to create more student-centered learning environments. Give up? OK. The answer is . . .  flexible seating! Continue reading

New crosswalk signs in Waukon

crosswalk-signageNew pedestrian crosswalk signage (such as pictured at right) has recently been placed in the middle of streets in four different locations in Waukon, but in addition to creating awareness of safety for pedestrians and motorists has also created some confusion for each as well. Waukon Police Chief Phil Young advises that the new crosswalk signs have been placed to help raise more awareness of a State of Iowa law that has been in place but has not necessarily been adhered to. Section 321.327 of the Iowa Code, entitled “Pedestrians’ Right-Of-Way,” states, “Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
Although that law has been in place and is explained in the Iowa Driver’s Manual for driver’s license testing, Chief Young says that many motorists still don’t seem to realize they are required to stop for any pedestrian in a marked crosswalk or any pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Thus, the implementation of the new signage currently in place at locations where Chief Young said his department received the highest number of complaints about safety concerns crossing the street. Continue reading

Fall Fitness Day at Crestwood Elementary

Crestwood Elementary students participated in a Fall Fitness Day on Friday, October 7th to promote being healthy. Each class took 30 minutes out of their day to promote wellness. They were invited to do laps around the playground.  Students were asked to keep track of the laps that they walked or ran and had a great time!  Some students even chose to do laps during recess and count those also. Throughout the day, the school watched their lap total grow! They couldn’t believe our final count! 3,280 laps around the playground–that’s over 820 miles!  Continue reading