Street Safety for Students in Newport, ME
issue: Located less than half a mile apart, students from Sebasticook Valley Middle School and Nokomis
Regional High School often walk between campuses to meet siblings and friends
or to use athletic fields. Because there
was no walkway, students were forced to walk on the road, which was especially
dangerous considering the high percentage of inexperienced teen drivers around
How it was
addressed: As a result
of a 4-H Leadership weekend, students in the middle school's Catalyst
Leadership Group formed a plan to construct a safe walking path between the two
schools. To get this plan approved, they
spoke with community leaders, school administration, and contractors. To fund the $6,000 project, the students
received four grants and fundraised additional money through sales in the
school store and a silent auction.
Results: $4,000 was made possible by the 4-H Engaging
Youth, Serving Communities grant program, and the club was able to raise the remaining
$2,000 through their fundraising activities.
The path was constructed and more than 750 students and staff are now
able to walk safely between the schools.
students in the Catalyst Leadership Group are actively seeking ways to solve
other problems in their community. They
recently held a community-wide forum to learn about why students drop out of
high school, and are beginning to find ways to address this issue.