Jennings also warned kids to wear helmets when riding bicycles. “If you crash, as hard as your heads can be, concrete is always harder,” he said. Parent Salea Nelson listened and walked along with her 5-year-old kindergartner son. Nelson works as a school bus driver and has seen children do hazardous things such as running into the street and crossing where they are not supposed to. “Teaching them the exact thing to do is the best thing,” Nelson said. Walks are scheduled at other Palmdale schools. Esperanza School students will meet in the parking lot of Cascades Restaurant, 3905 Club Rancho Drive, at 6:45 a.m. today. Wildflower School children will meet on the southwest corner of Avenue Q-10 and 35th Street East at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12. Cottonwood School students will meet at the Rancho Vista Vons shopping center at 7 a.m. Oct. 13. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Golden Poppy opened last year and participated in the annual event for the first time. “It’s so nice to teach children safe routes, safety tips. And having the city involved, it’s a nice community event,” Principal Dawn Conry said. “We hope to make (participation) an annual event. About 40 people, including school officials and parents along with children, met about a block from the school to hear safety tips from Deputy Dave Jennings. Jennings said that, when a child gets hit by a car, it is usually near a school. He advised the children to use sidewalks and crosswalks, pay attention to their surroundings and walk, not run, across streets and intersections. Running does not give drivers time to react, Jennings said. PALMDALE – Sheriff’s deputies and city officials walked with children to Golden Poppy School on Tuesday as part of an international campaign to promote traffic and pedestrian safety. City officials have been organizing Walk a Child to School Month events for six years at local schools. They said the program is especially pertinent at Golden Poppy School with its neighborhood “walk-in” site. “We teach them things like stay on the sidewalk, pay attention to crossing guards, and look across the street and make eye contact with the driver. Just because a car has stopped at a stop sign doesn’t mean they see you,” Lisa Scates, senior public safety officer, said. “In a neighborhood like this, there are many intersections with no stop signs or crosswalks. There’s no traffic control, so kids have to pay more attention,” Scates added.