Photo by John D'Esposito
Natasha Bushey-Cook of Hubbardton, Brian Ward of Fair Haven, and Dylan Goad of Bomoseen at the Coffee Break at the Fair Haven Welcome Center over Columbus Day Weekend.
The Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program Chapters at Proctor High School, Fair Haven Union High School and Stafford Technical Center recently joined up to hold a “Coffee Break” at the Fair Haven Welcome Center during the Columbus Day weekend.
Coffee Breaks are designed to help travelers to be safe highway users by providing a break from driving where they can get a coffee, take a stretch, use the bathroom, as well as being provided with highway directions and tourism information.
As VTLSP is all about promoting highway safety, this was a perfect way for the members to promote highway safety.
The design of the Coffee Break at Vermont Welcome Centers, allows non-profits like VTLSP to use the coffee break as a fundraiser by allowing the groups to provide baked goods and other treats to the motorists, not to be sold, but the guests can make a contribution if they wish.
The Fair Haven VTLSP Chapter is also the Lakes Region Police Cadets Program, and was represented by Natasha Bushey-Cook and Ayla Ballantine of Hubbardton, and Dylan Goad of Castleton and Brian Ward of Fair Haven. Their advisor is VSP Officer Prouty, Fair Haven High School’s School Resource Officer.
Proctor High School’s advisor, Claire Molner was present; the students were not because it was Proctor’s Homecoming Day.
Dylan Goad and Brian Ward also represented Stafford Technical Center’s VTLSP Chapter, as they are enrolled in Stafford’s Public Safety Services Program. Their advisor is John D’Esposito.
Delectable baked goods were also provided by Braedon Fox and Colleen Knowles of Proctor.
Three Stafford VTSLP members who could not be present also provided food for the coffee break- Alison DeRoy and Kim Rupe of Poultney, and Megan Barber of Rutland.
In addition to discussing highway safety issues with motorists and dispensing food, the VTLSP members also gave directions, highlighted points of interest, and offered suggestions on where to eat to visitors. Members were astounded by the variety of motorists that they encountered: travelers from Australia and the United Kingdom, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls, a roller derby team from Pennsylvania, and a wide variety of other travelers.