NewsCars driving on footpath at Hassett’s CrossBy Bernie English – October 30, 2020 4176 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for Covid project Email Advertisement Print Over 100 free workshops at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook #ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photos The last dance for a Limerick cultural institution Shannon firm makes transport safer for sick children Road Safety Alert – Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings Issued for strong wind Previous articleThe last dance for a Limerick cultural institutionNext articleShannon firm makes transport safer for sick children Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGSLimerick Post Keeping Limerick Posted Limerickroad safetysafety WhatsApp Hassett’s Cross with Thomond Park in the background.LOCALS in the Hassett’s Cross area of Limerick City and people who walk or exercise nearby are deeply concerned about cars driving up on the footpath to dodge traffic lights and queues of traffic.Local woman Olivia Cotter was one of the people who raised the issue after she saw a young child almost knocked down by a driver in a hurry. “The traffic there can be horrendous,” she told the Limerick Post.“I’ve witnessed a woman walking with her little daughter who was on a scooter. A car drove up from the path alongside the child and continued to drive through the open area of the path at Hassett’s pub in order to avoid traffic, without any concerns for the welfare of the mother and child.”Local woman Olivia Cotter witnessed the incidentMs Cotter said neither she nor the child’s mother could catch the registration number of the car, which sped away.“They child was lucky she was not ran over. It was very close,” she added.“This pathway is used by many pedestrians and it is a danger.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up I would hope any public representatives reading this could help out by asking the council to erect a barrier or a railing to safeguard the public from such reckless drivers.“A railing like the one alongside the school would be suitable. I hope something will be done soon before somebody is killed.“This has been happening a lot and it is very unfair on other road users. Not being able to take your kids or animals for a walk, without the fear of been run over on a public footpath.“People in general expect to be and to feel safe walking on a footpath. This is just bizarre,” she declared.
Kim Snodgrass clearly remembers Dec. 11, 1998. It was her first day in the sixth grade, and the beginning of her steady education — as well as her salvation.“From then on, I never missed a day of school,” said the master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Risk and Prevention Program, who will graduate today armed with ambition and a story of overcoming adversity.Snodgrass, a fresh-faced, blued-eyed blonde, could be a poster child for the stereotypical Californian. She could also be a poster child for foster care.As a young girl, she and her family were on the run. They camped out in the mountains and hopped to and from motels and shelters across southern California. They skipped out on apartments whenever the rent was due. They stole to survive, walking out of grocery stores with carts full of food, or filling up the car at gas stations, and then driving away without paying.“That is what we were so used to, stealing things and getting what we needed whenever we needed it.”Snodgrass watched as her stepfather and mother’s addiction to drugs and alcohol broke the family apart, gradually “disintegrating” her parents in the process. Eventually, her mother lost all rights to her five children. Between age 5 and 11, Snodgrass was in and out of at least 10 foster homes. Finally, at age 16, her long-term foster family adopted her, her younger brother, Max, and sister, Jennifer.“I always knew from an early age what [my mother and stepfather] were doing was wrong, and I made a pact to myself that I was going to get myself out of this hole. I was not ever going to touch drugs or alcohol or smoke, and I was going to make it.”Though she had only had sporadic formal schooling before sixth grade, she knew her escape route depended on education. She became a driven student and excelled academically.“I used my education as my savior. It was like my thing that I could always go back to, no matter what happened in my life.”Snodgrass attended the University of California, Irvine, where she studied community and public service. It was there that she dedicated herself to helping foster care children.“When I entered college, I thought I needed a college degree to have a successful family. As a sophomore, I thought I needed a college degree to change the foster care population, as I found out that only 50 percent of foster youth graduate from high school. My junior year, I realized that I needed a graduate degree to really make an impact and help train others about how they can make change to make an even bigger impact.”With her new master’s degree, she hopes to provide foster care children with access to support systems and mentors who can help them to develop important life skills and succeed in high school and college. As part of her program at Harvard, she developed an intervention method to help foster care youth transition to college and beyond, and is currently working with an HGSE alumna to explore using her program at a local nonprofit.While at Harvard, she also produced an educational video about the foster care system, founded the club REACH (which stands for Realizing Every Action Creates Hope) to raise awareness about foster care youth in school, and worked on a model for a charter school designed for foster care children in connection with the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit in Santa Ana, Calif.She also made time to teach at two local schools. The fast pace is the standard for Snodgrass, who admitted that the overachiever mentality is something of a coping mechanism, one that offers her life a certain kind of balance.“I cram people into every second of the day. My schedule is back to back to back. It’s something that helps [keep] me from sitting down and crying. I don’t just dwell on the past, I think, ‘What can I do tomorrow?’”After Harvard, “the possibilities are endless,” said Snodgrass, who sees herself getting a Ph.D. and working in the policy realm, or running a charter school or nonprofit.But one thing is certain. Citing research that shows that children who face difficult challenges often succeed with the support of just one encouraging voice, Snodgrass sees her future mission clearly.“So many people helped me get where I am today. I want to go back and help others. My mission is to be a child advocate, and become that voice for them.”Her Harvard experience has helped her too, and prepared her to help others.“Harvard was 100 percent where I was supposed to be,” said Snodgrass. “I am going to have a big tool kit when I leave.”