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Iowa Girl Scouts make intersection safer near community school

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Now that the school year is underway, traffic is always a concern when it comes to kids crossing the street. 

One group of Iowa middle schoolers didn't feel safe, so they made a change in their community.

The intersection between Jackson Street and 5th Street in Winthrop is right next to the Buchanan County School District. 

It can get pretty busy every day as it fills with buses, parents dropping kids off, and students walking to and from school. 

A Girl Scout Troop says this intersection only had a flashing red light at one corner telling drivers when to stop. 

They say the light was hard to see, especially in the sunlight, and it wasn't always on. 

One Girl Scout says she walks with brother home from school, and they didn't always feel safe. 

"A car came zooming across the road, and my brother was going to walk across, so I grabbed his shirt and yanked him backwards," Rylan Williams says. 

The troop petitioned to the Winthrop City Council, asking them to get rid of the red light and add stop signs. They wanted to turn the intersection into a four-way stop. 

After several months of working with the girls, the city listened. 

Last month, the new stop signs were put up at the intersection. 

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