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Date:
February 26, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Brian Baker, Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster Co., 441-8046


LINCOLN STUDENT'S PHOTO SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIIBIT

Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized a Lincoln student whose photograph was selected from more than 4,300 photographs to appear in an international exhibit. Juanita Cobb, a sixth-grader at Park Middle School was a fifth-grader at Everett Elementary when she took the photo as part of PHOTOVOICE, a photojournalism project conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide.

Safe Kids Worldwide provided groups like Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County with program curriculum as well as cameras so students could take pictures of their pedestrian environments. The main goal of this project was to give children the opportunity to document and explain behaviors and environmental obstacles they encounter as pedestrians in their daily lives. The project was made possible through a grant from FedEx.

Juanita's photo shows a woman crossing the street who has to go around an illegally parked vehicle in a crosswalk. It was chosen to be among 11 in the U.S. exhibit. It then became part of the international exhibit with photos taken by children from Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Korea, and the Philippines. The photos are being displayed in the capital cities of those countries and at The World Bank in Washington, D.C.

"Juanita engaged herself 100 percent in this safety effort," said Brian Baker, Co-Chair of Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County. "Her ability to understand pedestrian safety issues as well as technical aspects of photography are reflected in this discerning picture. Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County will continue to use this photo along with several others to increase public awareness of pedestrian safety concerns."

Juanita's photos and the other selected can be seen at www.usa.safekids.org. The local Safe Kids Web site is at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: safekids).


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