In tough times I often find myself seeking joy from things I know always make me smile: chocolate, a good workout and children. Today proved my theory in finding joy and a bright light children. Scrolling on Twitter I came across photos of Andover High School‘s newest outdoor display and knew I needed to learn more about it.
There are currently 554 flags on the lawn outside one of the main entrances at Andover High School. Each flag represents a reported car accident caused by a distracted driver aged 14-18 years old in 2018 (most recent available data)
Each flag was pressed into the ground by a member of the Andover High School Student Council. I had the chance to hear from Student Body President Jordan Laubs the message the group is hoping to send to their peers. Jordan did a fantastic job sharing the process in which the StuCo group came up with the idea to upcycle materials without making any purchases to visually communicate the impact distracted driving had on teen drivers.
The group used flags from a completed construction project and yard signs students had to communicate the 554 reported crashes were due to distracted teen drivers. Jordan and his fellow student council members hope this remind drivers to stay focused and to put phones away while driving.
Andover High School Student Resource Officer Kintzel completes a projects yearly with emphasis on SAFE, a state wide initiative to encourage the use of seatbelts, however this year due to Covid, his group projects was canceled. Officer Kintzel and Mrs. Neibling guided the children and aided in the research and development ensuring the students could safely display their project and helped send their message to the student body and community.
I was so impressed with the way Jordan communicated the message and encouraged by the work of the Andover High School Student Council with assistance from Officer Kintzel and Mrs Neibling.