This year, we the students in Learning Community 6 at Greystone Centennial Middle School, decided it was time to make a difference in the City of Spruce Grove. As part of the Social Studies curriculum, we were learning about the democratic process and the steps involved in getting our voice heard. Together, we decided to get involved and take an active role by starting the ‘Traffic Lights Initiative’.
Greystone Centennial Middle School is located at the busy intersection of Grove Drive and Greystone Drive, and acts as the main entrance into a variety of growing area subdivisions. With recent growth in this area, this intersection has presented numerous safety issues due to the increasing number of residential citizens, the growing school community, and the local school bus transfer station.
We received word last October that City Council was debating putting in pedestrian lights, with hopes of creating pedestrian safety. As a learning community, we decided that for a variety of reasons, installing pedestrian lights would make the problem worse. We felt as though pedestrians would be pressing the yellow light non-stop, backing up traffic, creating impatient drivers and more safety concerns.
Our learning community took initiative by exercising all types of media communication. Together we wrote letters to City Council, created PowerPoints, a petition, a Facebook page, posters, blog posts, we attended a Council Meeting and asked questions, and tweeted our concerns. Our determination and enthusiasm in getting our voice heard paid off. We just received word from Mayor Houston himself that the City of Spruce Grove agrees with our concerns and will be installing traffic lights this summer.
“I would like to sincerely thank you for participating in the democratic process and for making your views known to Council. I am sure that this has been a very valuable learning experience for you,” stated Mayor Houston.
Living in Canada presents us with the opportunity to get our voice heard, even if we are only eleven. A huge thank you to all the citizens and City Council that came together to help support our initiative. Together, we’ve made a difference!