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Edgemont Girl Scouts lead the charge for safety at Greenville Elementary School
A group of Girl Scouts in Edgemont has earned some major brownie points for improving safety at their school.
Members of Troop 2670, based out of Greenville Elementary School on Glendale Road, recently helped improve safety relating to afternoon pickup at the school, which had become hazardous because of heavy traffic. Drivers often disregarded rules, endangering other motorists and pedestrians on the sidewalk outside the school, according to the girls.
“Many schools share this problem. There’s congestion. Only one way in and one way out," one Scout noted in a YouTube video recounting their efforts.
The Scouts took matters into their own hands by taking photographs of vehicles disregarding rules and obtaining more than 50 signatures on a petition for the installation of a “Do Not Pass” sign that would forbid cars from passing one another, particularly if a student is being picked up or dropped off.
“We have a lot of fun together, but we work really hard to make a difference,” one of the troop’s members said in the video, which was posted by the Town of Greenburgh.
The work paid off, as the 10- and 11-year-old girls succeeded in getting town police to agree to the sign, which has been installed.
Among those who signed the petition is the school’s principal, Jennifer Allen, who sent out a letter in October to all parents saying passing was forbidden, which proved largely ineffective. Allen praised the girls’ actions in the video.
“Thanks to all of you for this effort you made to make students safer, to make Greenville safer," Allen said to the girls.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has also praised the girls.
"The scouts are role models,” Feiner said in a news release. “Instead of learning about government, they participated in the process. They were able to get results, through their effective advocacy."
Feiner also honored the Scouts at a Greenburgh Town Board meeting Wednesday night, where the YouTube video was played for the audience.
“It is my hope that you will continue lobbying for legislation you think is important," Feiner told the girls in the video. "You may be too young to vote, but you’re not too young to influence the process."
The troop’s future goals for traffic safety include moving the sign closer to the school and potentially fining violators to enforce the rules.
“We really just want drivers to have the same sense they will want us to have when we turn 16,” one Scout noted in the video.
The honored Scouts were: Lauren Alexander, Sarah Burns, Betsy Clarke, Lauren Clarke, Paige Doukas, Gillian Duffalo, Riya Ganpati, Tiana Guo, Abby Haas, Azalea Heyman, Sharika Kaul, Avery Kraus, Iris Lin, Ariel Malki, Theresa Milio, Ellie Rieger, Catherine Sayegh and Abby Schulman.
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