Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Make way for turtles

The town of West Lafayette, Indiana, is dotted by many small ponds and lagoons. So it's not unusual to see turtles on busy roads. Many are hit by cars, and this broke the heart of second-grader Jack Wietbrock. He rescued one baby turtle, but saw others that were hurt beyond saving, so he wrote a letter to Mayor John Dennis. "Can you please put up a turtle crossing sign?" The mayor replied that the park department could create custom-made signs. He would request one for turtles.

And that's not all. Mayor Dennis said the sign would be presented at a town meeting, and he invited Jack to attend the meeting and unveil the sign. The signs were later installed along the street, and Jack's mother could not be more proud.

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