Flags work with flying colors

LATHROP – This wasn’t a day to worry about pollution. The air was crisp, the sky was (mostly) blue, and a slight breeze came from the west.

But not every day feels so fresh, as 12-year-old Taylor Gapuz – and her inhaler – can attest.

Not every day is for running or playing.

“When I can’t breathe, it gets scary,” Taylor said. “It hurts. Once I had to go to the hospital in an ambulance.” Taylor, who has asthma, helped Mossdale School raise its first air-quality flag Thursday.

Hundreds of other schools up and down the San Joaquin Valley already use similar color-coded flags to alert both students and adults about pollution levels when they arrive at school each day.

Previous post:

Next post: