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Shoveling sidewalks will keep students safe

CHAMPAIGN -- The snow may be melting, but some sidewalks are still covered with it.
CHAMPAIGN -- The snow may be melting, but some sidewalks are still covered with it. It could make things dangerous for students walking to school.

So, school board member Kristine Chalifoux is Taking Action to change that. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau finds out what she's doing.

Chalifoux is simply asking people to take the time to shovel their sidewalks, especially if they live near a school. Chalifoux says she lives near a grade school and sees it every day.

She says whenever it snows, the students are forced to walk in the street. That could be dangerous for kids and drivers.

Monday night, Chalifoux brought the issue up at the school board meeting. By Tuesday, she'd already noticed results. Chalifoux says she understands not everyone is able to shovel, and says that's why it's important for people to help each other out.

City officials also urge people to shovel. Snow ordinances say sidewalks near campus and downtown businesses must be cleared by 3 pm Wednesday. If not, owners could be fined.
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