We are nearing a new school year. It will be exciting for many students who have been bussed to Crescent for the last two years. Midvale Middle School will have a ribbon cutting announcing that the new school is ready for its students. This new school is located on Pioneer Street and is part of the education campus where the Midvale Elementary School is located at the end of Chapel Street. It is a beautiful building as well. Please mark your calendars so that you can come on a tour. Part of the construction has been to change the design of the school entrance on Wasatch Stree. The school entrance aligns with Adams Street and will help to solve traffic problems of the past. Cars and buses will enter on this new street section. Those traveling to the elementary school will go straight ahead, middle school traffic will go to the right and Oak Street traffic will go to the left. This will be a safer intersection that has been there in the past. School crossing for the elementary students will remain on Center Street.
State laws do not require lighted crossing for middle schools or high schools. As a reminder, talk to your children about safe crossing by telling them that they must make sure that the driver sees them before they cross and this includes checking drivers in every lane of traffic. Make sure that they never text while walking through traffic. During a police event, officers sent a policeman in civilian clothing as a pedestrian on Center Street. They issued more than 100 tickets to people who did not see or stop for the person crossing the street. The police will continue to monitor compliance in the future, but make sure you talk to your children about being aware. Center Street carries traffic from many communities in the west and east of our community and is very busy. This four lane street requires the pedestrians to watch carefully.
In September, the Midvale City Council will be honoring four students who completed a science project. I will quote from their interviews. Eric Snaufer of Midvale Middle School said, “ They designed a bionic scarecrow which is a miniaturized air dancer. It’s meant to scare birds from a large area. We estimate a 100 foot radius from our testing at the Salt Lake International Airport. We currently have made five and two are at the airport now and have proven to work.” Abigail Slama-Catron, also from Midvale Middle School said, “The problem we are trying to solve is bird strikes like what happened with The Miracle on the Hudson when birds crashed in the planes engines causing it to land on the Hudson River. So this shows bird strikes is a big problem. What we are doing is scaring away birds to save lives.” The Midvale Middle School students teamed up with two students from the Beehive Academy of Science and Technology, a charter school in Sandy. Allison Drennan said, “ we filed for a patent. We hope to provide our environmentally portable, waterproof bionic scarecrow to more airports and places around the world too.” Timothy Holt, also from Beehive Academy report that “We won the U.S. President’s Environmental Youth Award presented by the Environmental Protection Agency. Only two groups are honored with this national award in region 8: a K-6 division and a 6th grade through high school award. We’re one of 10 in the nation for the older group. It means a lot to us that we’re recognized for making a difference in our world”.
The air dancer is seen in the community advertising businesses. It is usually red and has a face at the top and air causes it sway and bounce. These student saw that this could be designed to keep air traffic safe and to protect birds and wildlife. The student wanted to reduce bird strikes that injure and kill birds and cause damage and safety issues to people. There were 218 birds that hit planes at the SLC International Airport in one year. Strikes kill birds and cost the airlines $900 M per year. This information was reported by Julanne Slama.
Special recognition must also be given to the teachers, schools, and parents who encouraged these outstanding students.