The two-year project of Moniaka ’19 focused on pedestrian safety in major Antioch intersection.
by Juanita I.C. Traughber, communications director
Moniaka Bonds ’19 earned her Girl Scout Gold Award this spring and is receiving media attention for the gravity of her work and the impact it has made.
The Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Each project must be no less than 50 hours of work and reflect the scout’s interests, identify needs in the community, and attempt to meet those needs.
For her project, Moniaka focused on crosswalk safety at the intersection of Murfreesboro Road and Pin Hook Road, the site of many accidents. The senior worked with Metro Council and Metro Public Works to have safety signs and interval timers installed at the major intersection. Over the course of two years, she also spoke at community meetings about crosswalk safety as well as produced pamphlets, car decals, and T-shirts.
The Tennessee Tribune, a weekly newspaper written for the African American community, has published an article on Moniaka’s work, and WKRN Channel 2 has expressed interest in broadcasting a feature on her.
With our centenary Commencement now in the steamed up rear-view mirror, it’s time for taking stock of what all happened in the run since August. My favorite lens to provide focus for that project is gratitude. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty to reference, and here goes, though by no means exhaustively, followed by a short wish list for your summer hiatus at the end.