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Kurn Hattin children press the crosswalk button and safely cross Kurn Hattin Road.

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WESTMINSTER — Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has a unique campus design in that the lower and upper campuses, where the children live and go to school, are intersected by a town road. The children are taught many safety protocols, which include looking both ways before crossing the street at the designated crosswalks. However, many drivers have a visual impediment at certain points on the road and also tend to drive above the speed limit through the area.

Because of our growing concern for the children’s and drivers’ safety at our two crosswalks, we needed to make the crosswalks more visible to oncoming traffic to more clearly identify the crosswalks and the pedestrians in them to drivers. Two of our wonderful supporters have now made that goal a reality.

Sincere appreciation goes out to Kurn Hattin volunteers (and trustee) Terry and Marya Holcombe from Walpole, N.H. for completely funding flashing lights and reflective signs that alert oncoming traffic and make the children and staff more visible. The lights and signs were gifted in response to a published Kurn Hattin Wish List. Each crosswalk has two poles with bi-directional, twin rectangular rapid flash beacons (RRFB) and signs on each pole. The lights are solar powered with push-button controls.

Improving crosswalk visibility with these signs and lights will improve pedestrian safety, since drivers will have more time to react. With Daylight Savings Time beginning last month, the lights have made a noticeable difference to oncoming drivers when the children cross Kurn Hattin Road in the morning and early evening.

Since 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has helped thousands of children and their families by offering a safe home and quality education in a nurturing environment. Its mission: Kurn Hattin transforms the lives of children and their families forever. Follow their journey: kurnhattin.org.


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