It sounds incredibly early to be talking about this, but with school starting earlier than usual this year, it's a good idea to look out for kids on their way to school.
If you've lived in Estherville for any period of time, you know the key intersections where kids cross - plus the places where they shouldn't cross - like darting across Central with a snack from Casey's or the Dairy Queen. Probably the last thing kids have on their mind is traffic. It might be that date Saturday night, the game coming up, that cute girl or boy in study hall.
That's why we as motorists need to do their thinking for them. That means expect the unexpected. For younger kids, that might mean being on the lookout for that errant ball rolling across the street or a pet running in front of a car. Chances are real good that there's a kid right behind it.
In a couple weeks we'll also start seeing more college students again - along with heavier traffic and drivers who aren't entirely familiar with Iowa laws and Estherville streets. So please give them a wide berth. Expect they'll do the unexpected, and drive accordingly.
School supplies needed
This is also the time of year when parents are stocking up on school supplies.
Unfortunately, not every family can afford them. That's why it's so great that Avera Holy Family employees always pitch in to buy school supplies for kids in need.
If you'd like to help, you can drop off notebooks, pens or pencils, colors, or other school supplies at the hospital north entrance information desk. Donated supplies may also be dropped off at school offices.
It might not sound like a lot, but there are families who have to choose between buying food and school supplies.
And that's a choice they shouldn't have to make