An 8-year-old boy in Indiana is a hometown hero after convincing the mayor to place up “turtle crossing” indicators.
Second-grader Jack Wietbrock wrote a letter to West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis after Jack, his mother and brother saved a child turtle on Cherry Lane final month.
Mom Michelle Wietbrock instructed Good Morning America Friday that Cherry Lane is surrounded by a variety of ponds and, sadly, some turtles do not make it throughout the road.
“About the third time it happened, there was a baby with one of them and we helped the baby cross the road,” Wietbrock instructed GMA. “Once I got back in the card my son said,’I wonder if we should write a letter to the mayor.’ I said, ‘OK, sure!'”
According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, the evening he and his household saved the infant turtle, Jack wrote a letter—in clear, handwritten block letters:
“Dear Mayor Dennis, There are turtles crossing the road and they need our help. Can you please put up a turtle crossing sign? Thank you, Jack Wietbrock, 2nd grade.”
On a second web page of free leaf paper, Jack drew an image of a stopped automotive and somebody carrying a turtle. He captioned it: “We saved a baby turtle.”
On Tuesday morning, the mayor summoned Jack and his household to West Lafayette’s weekly board of works assembly.
“The great thing about West Lafayette is we embrace the unique and, in some cases, the odd,” Mayor Dennis mentioned, after inviting Jack to the rostrum. “So, we felt, ‘You know what, there’s something we can do here that’s going to be kind of cool and celebrates Jack’s initiative on making us aware of a problem.'”
Dennis requested Jack to say a couple of phrases to town’s administration:
“I just want to say I care about the whole Earth and everyone on it,” Jack mentioned. “That’s all.”
The metropolis’s very first “Turtle-Xing” indicators have been put in later that day.
Jack and his brother, Teddy, posed by the indicators shortly after they went up alongside Cherry Lane.
“A couple of weeks in the past, my son wrote a letter to our superior @MayorJohnDennis @WestLafayetteIN in regards to the want for a turtle crossing and saving a child turtle,” Michelle tweeted, “This occurred in the present day and I could not be extra proud! #makeadifference“
The mayor instructed the Journal & Courier that the road division, which has its personal sign-making machine, made the warnings “to help our turtle population.”