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Community Matters 131: School Bus Stop Safety

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Nothing is more important to a parent than their child’s safety. For many parents, a school bus stop located on a busy road with morning traffic is nerve-rattling. Today Kevin Harrison, Section Chief of the NC Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services, joins us to discuss school bus stop safety.

Kevin Harrison, Section Chief of the NC Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services, goes into further detail about keeping students safe at the bus stop.

A team of sixth graders at Holly Grove Middle School banded together to brainstorm ways to make school bus stops safer. The students proposed a school bus stop sign that automatically flashes when a school bus comes within three hundred feet of the stop. This flashing sign would indicate to traffic that a school bus is near and drivers should prepare to slow down and come to a stop. The sixth graders learned coding and other aspects of STEM to develop a prototype. Their idea gained them national recognition, and the prize of North Carolina’s top idea in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. They presented their idea in New York as one of the Top Ten Finalists, and it has been announced that they have won the contest’s top prize. This achievement earned Holly Grove over one hundred thousand dollars in technology. We attended the prototype presentation in Holly Springs before their trip to New York.

To all the students and educators involved with this project, Congratulations on earning the top prize in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow National Contest.

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