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First student crossing guards hit the streets at Commodore Sloat Elementary

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This morning at Commodore Sloat Elementary School, the first student crossing guards will help their peers get to school while promoting pedestrian safety in light of an alarming number of traffic fatalities in the past year.

The kickoff of the student crossing guard program at the elementary school in southwest San Francisco will include 25 students. Two more schools in District 7 will begin crossing guard programs within weeks.

Supervisor Norman Yee, who was once a student crossing guard, said he is excited to see the program give students the opportunity to be stewards of traffic safety and hopes it will expand throughout the school district. He secured funding for the program during the 2013 budget cycle.

Police Chief Greg Suhr and school Superintendant Richard Carranza are expected to be at an 8:45 a.m. news conference at Commodore Sloat after the first student crossing guards do their job.

Yee released a pedestrian safety improvement report in October and has been pushing safety measures since 17-year-old Hanren Chang, a junior at Lowell High School, was struck and killed by an allegedly drunken driver while crossing Sloat Avenue in March 2013.

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