“I don’t want to lose any more friends.”
Leslie Albrecht at DNAinfo has a nice write-up on the efforts of 13-year-old Allison Collard de Beaufort to memorialize her classmate Sammy Cohen-Eckstein and turn her grief into action.
The eighth-grader, who had a class with Sammy and lives two doors down from the Cohen-Ecksteins on Prospect Park West, decided that drivers on the busy straightaway needed a stark reminder that Park Slope is teeming with kids.
To make her point, she went to Ikea, bought 40 teddy bears, and spent the next two days tying them to lampposts and street signs along Prospect Park West. Now they line the busy boulevard, looking down on drivers whizzing past.
Collard de Beaufort is hoping people who see the stuffed animals will think of children, and press their foot on the brake as they cruise down the street, which kids routinely cross on their way to and from Prospect Park.
“I don’t want anybody else getting hurt,” Collard de Beaufort said. “I don’t want to lose any more friends.”
The city would be a better place if we listened to kids like Allison a little more.