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Optical Illusion Slows Down Speeders Outside Elementary School Thanks to Two Clever Kids

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Keeping kids safe should be at the top of the priority list for both parents and the schools their children attend.

Many schools have updated safety standards over the years. Even so, times are changing and it’s up to us to keep learning and discovering innovative ways in which we can raise those standards even more.

One school in Massachusetts has taken innovation to an entirely new level. Thanks to two brilliant kids who attend Brooks Elementary School in Medford, the crosswalk just got an upgrade.



Ten-year-old Isa and her friend Eric decided they needed to come up with a better way to encourage cars to slow down in the school zone.

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According to WBZ-TV, Eric’s brother “had a close call with a car,” motivating the young mind to think outside the box.

Or, in this case, think outside the crosswalk. With the help of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, where the kids are encouraged to take part in their community, Eric and Isa formed a plan that would make their crosswalk bigger and better than ever.

A proposal for the project was sent to Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke, according to 11 Alive. She got on board and invited Isa and Eric to present at a February Traffic Commission meeting.



Would this 3D crosswalk make you stop or slow down?

“Books don’t teach you this,” Mayor Burke shared with CBS. “Civic engagement is something that you see happen. You see success, and then you try to emulate it and do more.”

After a year of waiting and planning, local artist Nate Swain was finally able to put the kids’ idea into action. Now the 3D crosswalk will hopefully make drivers pause before speeding past.

“I love it,” Isa told CBS. “It looks amazing. Exactly how I pictured it and more. When you’re walking across you can tell it’s painted, but what we hope is, when you’re driving down, you’ll see it as 3D, three dimensional. So it looks real.”



The photos certainly make it appear so. Are those big white blocks in the road? I might think so if I were driving by.

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Brooks Elementary teacher and CCSR advisor Mike Coates could not be more proud of his students for coming up with the concept.



“I think it’s great,” he told CBS. “It certainly would make me stop. It’s a great example of them sticking to an idea and going through all the steps and talking, in this case, to all the adults and all the powers that be.”

Plans have been made to create additional 3D crosswalks in the area. Would this make you stop? Would you like to see something like this implemented in your local school district?

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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