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Girl Scout Wants Drivers To Watch For Pedestrians

Maddie SaadahNov. 1, 2019: With the school year in full swing, drivers near Briar Woods High School in Northern Virginia are reminded to slow down, thanks to Girl Scout ambassador Maddie Saadah.

Saadah, a Briar Woods senior, wanted to raise awareness about pedestrian crossings as part of her work toward the Gold Award, the highest Girl Scout achievement.

“The idea came to me as a freshman when I’d see kids dart across the street to school among speeding cars,” Maddie said.

With the closest crosswalk along the busy Belmont Ridge Road nearly half a mile from the school, Maddie believed a lot of drivers were not aware that it was a school zone.

Ron Sutphin and Gill Mann from the Virginia Department of Transportation's Northern Virginia traffic engineering office answered Maddie’s call and, just before the first day of class, a paint crew installed two “SCHOOL” markers across two lanes of Belmont Ridge at each approach of Briar Woods.

“I think it’s going to be a great help and Loudoun County Public Schools believes it’s going to help,” said Sutphin. “Maddie is an inspiration to us all.”

Maddie and her principal are happy to report they have already seen drivers slowing down in the area.

Maddie’s final report to the Girl Scout council is due next fall and we wish her the best! Check out this video for highlights from the installation and Maddie’s heartfelt thanks to VDOT staff.

Crew 'Cowboy's Up' For Charity

Dublin area headquarters teamOct. 2, 2019: As part of their community service leave, crew members from the Virginia Department of Transportation's Dublin Area Headquarters in Pulaski County got their boots and hats on to volunteer for the 10th annual Kim Jones Memorial Pink Hat Classic Team Roping competition.

Before the event, the crew helped by setting up tents, chairs, holding pens and chutes.

They also prepared the grounds by mowing, weed-eating and doing anything else that was asked of them.

After the event, they returned that following Monday and helped by taking it all down.

The money raised from this event helps provide Christmas presents to children at Duke University Cancer Center and scholarships for local students and cancer patients.

This was the Dublin Area Headquarters’ fifth year supporting this event.

Touch a Truck

VDOT at Touch a TruckSept. 19, 2019: Recently, the Virginia Department of Transportation's Salem District’s Christiansburg Residency participated in the Fifth Annual New River Valley Touch-A-Truck event.

It featured dump trucks, police cars, a helicopter and more for local children to experience up close.

VDOT’s snow blower, tandem dump truck, loader truck and motor grader – all with snow plows – were a big hit.

Children had the opportunity to explore these vehicles safely, blast the horns and sirens and ask the drivers questions about their job.

There were other activities at the event, including arts and crafts, remote controlled trucks and face painting.

The New River Valley Home Builders Association organized the free annual event to provide a fun way to get children’s imaginations in gear so they can learn about the careers that involve these vehicles.

They praised VDOT for supporting their event, which featured 50 organizations, 53 vehicles and 4,000 attendees.

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