Public Safety is a top priority in my office. It is also a top priority for three 4th grade students at Payne Elementary School in District 1.
Destination Imagination is a global volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they offer seven new standards-based challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Students from school or independent teams locally and compete regionally. The winners of the regional tournament go on to compete in the state competition, and the winners from the state competition go on to compete globally.
This month’s “Helping a Resident Out” is brought to you by three 4th grade students who saw a problem and worked with their school and my office to solve the problem.
Three 4th grade students at Payne Elementary School, in West San Jose, formed the team, Cloudy with a Chance of Awesomeness and chose to do the service learning challenge. Their challenge was to find a community need, find a way to solve that need, and create a Meme to help spread awareness of their cause. After a student was hit in front of the school at the end of the 2014/2015 school year, and the news continued to be filled with students getting hit by cars in front of their schools, these students decided to find a way to make their school a safer place with traffic. After coming up with various ideas, talking with their schools Walk n’ Roll Team, school principal, and my office, they decided to install pedestrian flags at 7 crosswalks around their school. These flags have increased the number of students walking to school and now allow students and families to be more visible to cars as they cross the street.
Their team, Cloudy with a Chance of Awesomeness, competed in the regional tournament on March 5th. These girls (Danielle De La Cruz, Lauren Lochner, and Iha Shah) were awarded 1st place and will be competing in the State competition on April 2. They were featured in the Campbell Reporter, San Jose Mercury News and were interviewed on NBC News. Their small Destination Imagination project has made a lasting impact and has reached farther than any of the girls could have imagined.
Thanks girls for making our District a safer place.