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Student’s video encourages safety on the road

By From page A1 | December 12, 2012

Danielle Punao, left, seen here with Katie Punao and Alyssa Nielson, wants her classmates to put safety first when driving. The Girl Scout recenlty completed a traffic safety video to educate young drivers. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School senior Danielle Punao completed a video project to educate students on traffic safety. The video was part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project and will be shown to local middle and elementary schools.

“I knew that there were a lot of safety incidents with drivers and students who were going to school and I wanted to prevent those incidents,” Punao said. “I (also) heard my project adviser and my sister talk about traffic safety issues at Rolling Hills, so I decided to address the problem.

“I hope that the video will help students understand and be prepared for traffic situations with potential danger,” she added. “My biggest accomplishment with this video is that I feel like it is easy for younger kids to watch it and its funny so they can understand it.”

The traffic video features three-minute segments featuring various dangerous traffic situations and how students can respond to the problems presented.

Punao was assisted by local eighth grade student Nicholous Mirgoli, who specializes in making films. “Nico is in 8th grade and he has a lot of movie and video supplies. He even has his own website,” Punao said. “He’s really professional and he was really open to making the video.

“The best moment was when I knew the video was completed and I could distribute it to the teachers. (Although) meeting with the principals and vice-principals of the middle and elementary schools was the hardest part because talking to adults is hard for me to do,” she continued. “But they were nice about everything and really wanted me to do the project. It was great to actually film the video and see the end piece.”

Samita Dutta

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