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Students Honored for Work on School Safety Project

Legislative Awards Handed Out at Student Assembly

(ANCHORAGE) – Eight former Abbott Loop Elementary School students and Abbott Loop Teacher Nancy Neil were honored for their hard work to secure flashing school lights on Lake Otis Blvd. The lights and 20 mile per hour speed limit signs were installed this fall and have greatly increased the level of safety for students crossing the road before and after school.

Rebekah Johnson, Chase Quinn, Ronald West-Howard, Eric Lacher, Matthew Wallender, Jenna Allen, Jariel Bullecer and Trevon Allen displayed a can-do attitude by lobbying local and state elected officials for funding to purchase flashing lights and speed limit signs. Awards were handed out to all eight students and Teacher Nancy Neil during a student assembly at Abbott Loop Elementary this afternoon.

“Those eight students displayed a lot of civic duty and leadership,” said Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage. “They learned how the political process works and how to build a coalition of people behind a project. The students and Mrs. Neil deserve a lot of credit for getting this project done.”

The flashing lights were funded with a $75,000 legislative appropriation secured by Representative Millett and Senator Kevin Meyer during the 2010 legislative session.

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