By Ariana Estes

Horns honking, brakes screeching and vehicles flying by at 45 mph — this scene is not what one would expect to see outside of a school. But outside of Harrisonburg Minnick School, there was no way for drivers to know to slow down and be on the lookout for students and school vehicles. Ansley Kiser, board certified behavioral analyst at Harrisonburg Minnick School, decided to take matters into her own hands.

“All of our drivers play a crucial role for our students. We want to make sure everyone, drivers and students, are safe!” says Kiser.

Ansley Kiser with the new “School Zone” sign

She decided to pursue getting the area outside of Harrisonburg Minnick School officially designated as “School Zone.” Kiser contacted the City of Harrisonburg Department of Transportation and, after getting bounced around a few people, finally connected with a helpful woman who walked her through the process to make it happen.

“It took a few months for the process to be completed, but we finally have our first signs up,” says Kiser.

With the new zone in place, Kiser is now working toward getting the speed limit changed.