Winslow Class of ’64 takes on car seat issue
Navajo babies will face many challenges in their lives. The very first may be surviving a car crash.
Recent statistics show that in Arizona, Native American infants are 40 percent more likely to die in an automobile accident than their non-Native peers, mostly because their parents are far less likely to use infant car seats.
Reading that figure in the Navajo Times last December touched Jerry Sanchez’s heart. You may remember Sanchez, the “pleasantly aggressive” (his words) organizer, along with Joe Armijo, of last year’s unofficial 53rd Winslow High School class reunion, which placed a special emphasis on making Native American classmates feel welcome.
Sanchez was so impressed at the level of energy among his septuagenarian peers, many of whom were still working, that he decided the class needed a class project — preferably one that would benefit Navajos.