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PROCTOR, Minn.- Students in Proctor will soon sport a flashy new keychain on their backpacks that helps keep them safe. The school district is partnering with St. Luke’s to attach LED blinking lights on the kids’ backpacks. With flashing strobe settings.

With many students coming from more rural towns, the lights help them stay safe if walking home from the bus stop in the dark.

“Just a really nice safety feature just don’t want to see anybody get hurt so just in the dark and so in the darker times like this it’s good to distribute something like this,” said John Awsumb, Assistant Principal at Bayview Elementary School.

Lights will be distributed to elementary school students the first week of February.  There are also flashing devices available for students at secondary schools.