Students push for new trail for safe travel to school

WHITESTOWN, Ind. (WISH) – A group of Zionsville students got a good lesson in civics. After fearing for their safety on their way to school, they went to their town council.

It started last November, as a school project. Their assignment was to come up with a plan to change something they didn’t like.

So after going to the Whitestown and Zionsville town councils, they got petitions signed, and $120,000 for the project to build a trail and crosswalks to guide them to school

“Every time we went across the street, since this is a highway, I thought I was going to get hit by a car,” said Lilly Tomandl a student at Zionsville West Middle School.

The trail runs along County Road 700 leading to Zionsville West Middle School. The crosswalks and new signage were installed at Whitestown Parkway and at Morton Avenue.

“It feels really safe instead of going with lots of other cars behind you,” said Mika Tomandl, who goes to elementary school in town.

The kids had to go to two different councils because part of the land sits in Whitestown, and the other part in Zionsville.

“Here they are, 8th graders, 12 and 13-years-old, they get to make a lasting impact and difference in their world and in their school,” said Matt Doublestein, Principal at Zionsville West Middle School.

Town leaders say this is the best civics lesson the students could get.

“I hope what they take away is they can go to their government, they can ask their government for something, the process can work correctly and they can get what they want,” said Dax Norton, Whitestown’s Town Manager

Zionsville still needs to complete their portion of the trail.

The town is also installing a plaque to honor the12 and 13-year-old students for what they were able to accomplish.

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