||Talk about patience, persistence, and pay-off! Cadette Girl Scout Gwendolyn Rudd (13 years old) is seeing the outcome of her two-year long awareness campaign with her troop: a new pedestrian-activated light installed on Jefferson Blvd., helping make a crosswalk even safer for the recently renovated Leslie N. Shaw Park.
To recognize the advocacy of Gwendolyn and her troop (West Adams Troop 3725), Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., will meet with Gwendolyn for a special crossing ceremony on June 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the site of the new light at 2223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. Media is invited and encouraged to attend.
In 2015, Gwendolyn brought the crosswalk idea to her troop when the girls were tasked with voting on a community issue to tackle for their Girl Scout Bronze Award project. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl can earn as a Junior (grades 4-5) and requires girls to identify a community issue, work as a team, and create a lasting solution. The troop enthusiastically voted for Gwendolyn's idea and set out to spread awareness about the need for a safer crosswalk. Gwendolyn took what they compiled and presented a display board with letters from the troop to the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council (see video
). Shortly thereafter, Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. was able to secure funding for the safety improvement project and the pedestrian-activated light was completed on April 14, 2017.
"Hard work and leadership pays off," said Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. "Gwendolyn and West Adams Troop 3725 are Cadettes of courage, confidence, and character who together are making the world a better place one neighborhood at a time."