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Middle schoolers conduct neighborhood audit to better community

Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 12:03:19-05

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Students at Northwest Middle School are preparing to make their communities better by conducting a neighborhood audit.

Rebekka Brosemer’s 8th-grade students teamed up with the Community Health Council and the University of Kansas for the project.

“The very cool thing about these kids is they're leaders and they don't know it,” Brosemer said. “So let's give them a chance to become the leaders they should be and that are hidden.”

The middle schoolers looked at roads, curbs, sidewalks, and streetlights.

“We’re focused on curb conditions,” student, Daniela Mora-Herrera said.

Mora-Herrera says she was surprised by her findings.

“I was like wow, I can't believe there's so many cracked many dangerous curbs,” she said. “It could be dangerous to anyone, to the elderly, just dangerous to anyone.”

The audit was created by students at KU’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning in partnership with the Historic-Northeast Midtown Association and Community Health Council.

Brosemer says this will give her students a voice in their community to make a difference.

“I know these kids can do it because they're smart and they're strong and this project is going to bring that out in every single one of them,” Brosemer said.

Once students finish their neighborhood audit, they will present their findings to the city.