June 29, 2016 – Hundreds of children, parents, Bakersfield City School District staff, and community members attended the first ever Purple Ribbon Month press conference and safety demonstration held at the District. The event, which took place today at Colonel Nichols Elementary School, was a partnership between BCSD, the Kern County Department of Human Services, and various local public safety organizations, in observance of “Purple Ribbon Month.” Kern County has designated the month of July as “Purple Ribbon Month” to educate and increase awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in or around motor vehicles.
BCSD Board of Education President Pro-Tem Lilian Tafoya welcomed attendees to the event. Board Member Pam Baugher was also in attendance. Dressed in purple, the summer school kindergartners performed the song “Nursery Rhyme Rap” to entertain the crowd. The students at the school also drew their depiction of a perfect summer day and the artwork was displayed around the room.
Safety officials spoke about the dangers of leaving children unattended in and around cars. To demonstrate how quickly the temperature can rise inside a car after it is turned off, a thermometer was put in place to detect the temperature both inside and outside. In just 30 minutes, the inside temperature of the car had reached 105 degrees, while the outside was at 85.
“We as parents are always busy and can get easily distracted,” said parent Blanca Hernandez. “This event reminds us of the importance to taking the time to pay attention to our children while in our cars.”
In memory of Kaitlyn Marie Russell and all the children that have lost their lives to preventable injuries in and around cars, “Kaitlyn’s Law” makes it a citable offense to leave a child 6 years of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years of age.