The frantic scene outside of Mt. Washington Elementary on school day mornings would have been familiar to anyone who has dropped off a friend at the Southwest Airlines terminal at LAX. Traffic backed up, cars doubled parked in the no parking zone, and kids loaded with book bags dashed between vehicles as they raced to beat the morning bell. One Mt. Washington parent even posted a video on Facebook of the risky and illegal traffic maneuvers performed during one morning on narrow San Rafael Drive outside the school. “Parents were making U-turns in front of the school,” said Mt. Washington school parent coordinator Andrea Jayasekera. “It’s nuts.” Jayasekera and other parents decided to do something about this chaotic morning ritual after a vehicle grazed a student in front of the campus. That’s why Jayaskera and other Mt. Washington parents, dressed in yellow safety vests, stood outside of the school Wednesday morning for the first day of the Safety Valet Program. Read more in School Yard.
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