Last November, a hit and run driver killed three girl scouts and one adult volunteer (a scout’s mom) from Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes’ Chippewa Valley, leaving at least one girl wounded. These girls were out doing what Girl Scouts do best – making the world a better place. They were cleaning up a stretch of highway their troop had adopted.
A local scout troop from Wright City, MO, the same town as Two Alpha Contracting’s headquarters, held a nationwide vigil and service project in light of this tragedy. Rhiannon Parisi, owner of Two Alpha Contracting says she knew they had to get involved and help increase traffic safety in their community.
“Most of these girls attend school with my sons. My husband Charles and I knew them from coaching soccer last fall,” said Parisi. “Two Alpha Contracting is well aware of the dangers involved with traffic hazards from our work in heavy highway and road construction,” Parisi said. “The idea of these young girls working along the roadways without proper safety gear was unacceptable.”
Two Alpha Contracting contributed to the local Girl Scout Troop that collected safety/hazard prevention items. The donation was enough to purchase safety cones with the words, ‘caution’ and ‘workers ahead.’ They were able to buy barricades, 40 safety vests, two strobe warning lights and magnets for cars that read, ‘caution – slow moving vehicle.’
Parisi says a thank you message from Jessica Goodman, neighborhood manager and Troop District 18, Neighborhood 2 leader from Wright City and Warrenton arrived along with photos and posters the troop had created to show their appreciation.
“While safety is always a top priority for us, we learned this past year that you can never take too many precautions when we tragically lost four fellow girl scouts in Wisconsin,” Goodman wrote. “We strive to encourage our girls to be out and about, involved in community service projects, and not to be afraid. As such, teaching them to take safety precautions is extremely important. We THANK YOU for looking out for our girls. With your assistance we can continue our mission to serve the community with comfort and peace of mind knowing that we have another level of safety and security in place for them.”
Parisi added, “We did what we could as a local construction company to support the Girl Scouts and ensure that they had a significant safety advantage when working around traffic hazards.”
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