Driving down Unaweep Avenue in Grand Junction the other day, I noticed the school zone lights were still flashing. Here's why.

Have you seen the school lights flashing at various locations around town? As it turns out, this is no glitch. Just the opposite, it's happening for a very important reason.

According to the Mesa County School District 51 Facebook page, school zone lights will continue to flash from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. weekdays in areas where schools are offering emergency meal services. Please observe the signs, and keep your eyes out for pedestrians. The flashing lights are to ensure students make it to the school building safely in order to pick up their to-go meals.

I'm glad the school district is doing this. With school buildings closed, it would be very easy to become desensitized when it comes to observing designated school zones. The use of the flashing lights will hopefully keep us all sharp.

District 51's official webpage states 11 schools offer curbside service where participants can come to the school and pick up meals. No seating is provided, so students will need to pick up their food and then leave the area.

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