Many of the over 76,000 colonia children waiting for the bus on their first day of school next week will be doing so in the dark.
Without streetlights in their neighborhoods, colonia parents worry that their kids might get hurt while they wait for the bus, board the wrong bus, or be left by a bus that can’t see them waiting.
Claudia from Colonia Pueblo de Palmas loaded her daughter onto the bus in the dark early in the morning. Without streetlights Claudia couldn’t properly see the bus number and had put her daughter on the wrong bus. Later, her daughter arrived back at home, shook up, having missed her own bus.
The first day of school is next week and Claudia worries it could happen again.
Colonia residents organizing with the Right2Light Public Light Campaign can change that. Two Hidalgo County commissioners and the county judge are up for reelection and want to hear from voters as to what they should focus on these next two years. If we show that Valley voters really care about safety in the colonias, we can make streetlights a top priority for the county commissioners and judge as they seek another term in office.