Tips for a successful, safe school year

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SHERMAN, Texas -- As the school years get underway in Sherman and Bonham this morning, News 12 has a few tips for parents and children on how to ensure a successful and safe school year.

One of the most important things parents can do, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is enforce healthy habits.

These healthy habits include eating a filling breakfast each day before school and going to bed at an hour that will allow kids to get plenty of rest.

You should enforce these healthy habits by sticking to a routine. This also includes incorporating chores into the routine, like making the bed in the morning and getting right to homework in the afternoon.

Another tip for a successful school year: designate a space at home for children to work on schoolwork. According to the AAP, designating a space often makes homework fun and easier.

The last tip is to read, read, read! Reading is said to be a gateway to higher learning, so pick up that book and enjoy. The AAP encourages parents to read with their young children a little bit each day.

News 12 also compiled a few safety tips for drivers traveling in and around school zones or bus stops.

The first is to slow down in school zones. Most zones have speed limits of 20 to 25 mph. And violating those speed limits can results in a big fine.

Children can be unpredictable, so stay vigilant for nearby pedestrians darting out into the road.

Another possible fine: using your cell phone in a school zone. In Texas, this is not only dangerous, but can cost you up to $200.

And don't forget -- always stop for a stopped school bus that has it's yellow and red lights flashing with stop sign out. In Texas, it doesn't matter what side of the street you're on. You must stop if you're traveling on the same or the opposite side of the street of the school bus.