Jackie and Michele are rockstar leaders in the Sacred Heart Neighborhood area of Oshkosh! We first got to know Jackie when she began working with the re:TH!NK Social Connectedness Team to strengthen and build neighborly relationships in their area. As they worked with their neighborhood they learned more about what residents cared about and a specific challenge emerged. They heard concerns about children being able to safely cross Knapp Street on their way to school each day. Residents felt that cars were moving too fast, parking on both sides of the street made drivers seeing children and children seeing cars difficult, and the cross walk was not well defined. Michele, Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association core team member and St. Jude Parish (on Knapp St) staff, connected to the work of the neighborhood and joined Jackie in working to get safer crossing for children going to school and to church functions.
And idea to try out a better, safer, more visible type of crosswalk was imagined in late 2018 and Jackie and Michele have been important members of the project’s planning team since the beginning. They connected with residents and parish members to let them know about the project, called upon local businesses to be a part of the project, engaged youth and students in different tasks, and helped install what became a “pop-up crosswalk” on the corner of 5th Ave and Knapp St. in late April 2019.
We would like to offer a huge shout-out and thank you to leaders like Jackie and Michele for making our community a better place to live, work, and play!