ROAD TO ZERO

Elementary School Click-It-Club Reminds People to Buckle Up This Halloween

Oct 30, 2018, 11:12 PM | Updated: 11:16 pm

LOGAN, Utah – Fifth-grade student Parker Lowe greeted twin boys dressed as Ninja Turtles along with the rest of his peers at North Park Elementary School Friday. He’s jumping on board the school’s Halloween festivities by sharing a special message.

ad Hawkes prepares his students before they greet their peers and remind them to participate in their “buckle-up Halloween competition.” (Source: KSL TV)

Lowe is a member of the Click-It-Club, a special group of fifth-grade students who remind their classmates to buckle up. As Lowe welcomed students to school, he also reminded them about a Halloween coloring competition the club is sponsoring.

Each student can enter the competition by coloring a picture of a witch who is texting while flying on her broom. The illustration also depicts the witch strapped in with a seatbelt over her lap and chest. It’s one of many ways they remind students to buckle up.

Students at North Park Elementary are coloring a witch who is texting and flying and wearing seat belt to remind them to buckle-up. (Source – KSL TV)

They also passed out Click-It-Club erasers, bookmarks, and a 30-day challenge encouraging students to use their seat belts. Each month, the club hosts a competition or activity to include the entire school.

Chad Hawkes, a fifth-grade teacher at the school, is the brains behind the program. He started it more than eight years ago after losing his 19-year-old son, Jake Hawkes, in 2009.

Jake Hawkes was killed in a car crash in 2009. He was texting behind the wheel and was not wearing a seatbelt. (Source – Chad Hawkes)

Jake Hawkes was texting behind the wheel when he went through a red light at an intersection on Hyde Park Lane in Logan. He clipped the bumper of a truck making a left turn, which caused his truck to roll. Hawkes said his son was ejected from the vehicle since he was not wearing a seat belt and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Chad Hawkes started the Click-it-Club after losing his own son in a car crash in 2009. (Source – Chad Hawkes)

“The neurosurgeon came in and said, ‘I’m sorry, but they just don’t recover from this type of brain injury.’ He never regained consciousness so I never had a chance to talk to him,” Chad Hawkes said.

At the time, Jake Hawkes was in his second year on a soccer scholarship at Iowa Western Community College and had lots of friends.

Jake Hawkes was an avid athlete. He was playing his second year on a soccer scholarship at Iowa Western Community College when he died. (Source – Chad Hawkes)

“Had he been wearing his seat belt, I am 99.99 percent sure that he would have walked away from that accident,” Chad Hawkes said.

“The consequences can be deadly,” explained Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason. “Make it a rule that if you are driving everyone in your car has to wear a seat belt.”

Students in the Click-it-Club are hosting a special Halloween competition to remind students to buckle-up this year. (Source – KSL TV)

Gleason said Halloween is one of Utah’s most congested travel days of the year. He reminds people that failing to buckle up in the proper seated position is just as dangerous as not wearing a seat belt at all.

“It can be here today, gone the next instant,” Chad Hawkes said.

He has shared this message with thousands of students over the last eight years.

Students wearing their Click-It-Club shirts in class. (Source – KSL TV)

Initially, Chad Hawkes said he was hesitant to share his son’s story for fear it would be the only thing he was remembered by, but soon realized if he could save one of his student’s life by sharing his story it would be worth it.

Fifth-grade student Parker Lowe looks at the different entries submitted for their club’s coloring competition. (Source – KSL TV)

“He’s willing to share such a sad story so that we will try to help people buckle up more,” said fifth-grade student Davin Haws.

Chad Hawkes’ students said they feel his love.

“He cares for us,” said student Bella Hansen.

“These guys, I look at them and I see Jake,” Chad Hawkes said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Road to Zero

I-80 lanes closed after crash...
Cary Schwanitz

Crash closes westbound I-80 near Echo Reservoir

The Utah Department of Transportation said the westbound lanes of I-80 near Echo Reservoir south of I-84.
19 days ago
(Clayre Scott)...
Josh Ellis and Shara Park, KSL TV

Woman in wheelchair dead after being hit by cement truck in Logan

A woman died Friday morning after a cement truck hit her as she crossed Logan’s Main Street in a motorized wheelchair, according to police.
1 month ago
A 17-year-old girl, who later died from her injuries, was hit by a pickup truck on Oct. 25 while wa...
Jed Boal

UHP and ER doctor: Motorists, pedestrians need to work together to reduce fatalities

Utah is on pace to set the annual record for the greatest number of fatal auto-pedestrian crashes.
1 month ago
Tomas Fernandez was riding his scooter Tuesday to class at Ensign College when the car hit him whil...
Karah Brackin

Salt Lake man on scooter says driver hit him at a crosswalk and took off

A Salt Lake City man who was injured when a vehicle hit him while riding his scooter is on the road to recovery.
2 months ago
National Teen Driver Safety week is underway. (KSL TV)...
Karah Brackin and Cary Schwanitz, KSL TV

Teen Driver Safety Week focuses on safe driving conversations

A nationwide campaign designed to encourage parents to talk to their teens about the rules of the road is underway.
2 months ago
...
Ayanna Likens

Utah sees rise in auto-pedestrian crashes

An alarming concern on Utah roads — a rise in auto-pedestrian crashes, including three that happened within the last 24 hours.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Elementary School Click-It-Club Reminds People to Buckle Up This Halloween