City Times Staff
Chief Deputy Dan Kontos helps stop traffic for students on County Highway HH for the McDill Elementary “Walk to School Day” on Friday.
The school holds the day to encourage students to walk or ride their bikes. Parents with younger students were encouraged to walk with them, and the streets of Whiting on Friday were filled with parents and families before and after school.
The student crosswalk at HH has been unmanned for more than a year, when a longtime husband and wife team retired. Officials in Whiting have been unable to fill the spot and students now cross largely at their own risk.
Kontos, along with Sheriff Mike Lukas and former Sheriff John Charewicz, have taken turns manning the crossing at various times throughout the school year.