Asher the Safety Advocate
Here’s what that picture is trying to say:
I like to ride bikes in the road. We need one sign so cars know kids are playing. Please.
Asher is my sister’s friend’s son, and he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Last Tuesday his mom, Jill, sent this picture to the mayor, explaining that Asher has been “talking endlessly” about how he has nowhere safe to ride his bike, since their hilly neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks. When Asher saw a town employee putting up a road sign a few months back, he got the idea that a sign alerting cars to children could make it safer for him to ride. Jill suggested he write to the mayor, and she sent the letter with a note of her own explaining the backstory.
Last Friday, four men stopped by Asher’s home to meet him: two police officers in uniform, one plainclothes officer, a mayoral aide, and a public works employee. They explained that Chapel Hill doesn’t install “Children at Play” signs and don’t condone playing in the street—but they will install several flagged speed limit signs and have requested a study that could lead to speed bumps on several roads.
Jill is understandably proud of her son: “Asher isn’t sure what to make of the situation, but I am thrilled that he was able to see how powerful his words can be.”
I love this story! Has your child ever tried to advocate for what she wants or believes in?
Wait! Let me rephrase! Has your child ever reached out to an authority figure to advocate for what she believes in?
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