Annual Emmons County Safe Night held April 12 at the HMB School
The 12th annual Emmons County Safe Night sponsored by the Emmons County Interagency was held Friday, April 12, at the Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock School. “Fright Night—Safe Night” was attended by 77 H-M-B, Strasburg and Linton 5th, 6th and 7th grade students.
The free event included a keynote presentation by the Emmons County Sheriff’s Department, a so-called “frightful feast and potions” meal to follow through with the theme of the evening, followed by four sessions where students participated in hands-on activities.
Each student received a special T-shirt when they registered. The students autographed each other’s shirts during the course of the evening.
Emmons County Sheriff Gary Sanders and three deputies gave a presentation on several subjects including use of and how cell phones and texting detract while driving. Students below the age of 16 can be ticketed if they use their cell phone or text while driving.
The session was followed by a question and answer period with the students. Then students had the opportunity to wear fatal vision goggles in order to experience the difference between being in complete control of one’s faculties or driving under the influence.
Being “Fit For Life” was presented in one of the breakout sessions. Michelle Warren, a certified Personal Trainer, from the Napoleon, Wishek, Linton area encouraged the kids to challenge their abilities and improve their weaknesses in order to “thrive in life rather than barely survive.” There was lots of interaction as they went through some simple activities. The students learned that they were born with over 300 different bones in their bodies. However, many bones (mostly in the head) begin to fuse as a baby gets older and by the time kids reach “the age of these kids,” Warren said, they have approximately 206 bones (because of the fusion). The human body also has 640 muscles which actually move bones, however, each hair on one’s head has a corresponding tiny muscle so in actuality, the body can have millions of muscles.
Social Media Safety was presented by BEK Communications Customer Service Supervisor Tammy Birrenkott. Her presentation, titled “It’s not all treats, be aware of the tricks,” illustrated the ease of finding information about anyone on a website. Kids can be targeted online even when they feel they are not giving out a lot of information—be it with a phone number they have posted, maybe the name of their school, a parent, or sibling or what their interests might be. Birrenkott showed how simple it could be for an experienced “person” to locate personal information about someone within as little as 2 to 20 minutes.
Set the privacy setting so only friends can see stats, she told them. Limit friends to only friends you know personally, not a friend of a friend. Students can lose jobs and scholarships because of what they have online because companies use the media to find out all they can about the person who is applying for the job or scholarship.
Kelly Fisher of Sanford Health gave some great illustrations to show that “Eating Healthy is no Hocus Pocus.” She compared nutritional value and sugars in various beverages and snacks, warning of the sugars and caffeine in energy drinks. “There’s no magic pill that gives you energy; it’s sugars that give you ups and downs,” she told them. Did you know: Bananas are the most popular fruit in the U.S.
Mangoes are the most popular fruit in the entire world.
The most popular vegetable is the potato, most eaten in the form of French fries.
Which has the most calories: four oranges, a bowl of Cheerios and skim milk, a package of M&Ms or a package of Doritos?Actually, they all have the same amount of calories, but the oranges or cereal will fill you up and stay with you, rather then the M&Ms or Doritos which beg for more. And some of the kids got to take home an orange, or potato or even an onion!
What do bullies look like? The students knew the answers. They can be anyone. Look around you. There are cyber bullies, physical abuse, name calling and more. And how to respond if you are bullied? Two ways. The students came up with the answers with a game of Simon Says. An angry Simon, for instance, would stomp his feet, clench a fist, stick out a tongue, roll his eyes, tighten the shoulders, kick and more.
A Keep Your Cool Simon would relax, count to 10, smile, laugh, pat the “friend” on the back, walk away, etc. In other words “Stay Cool, Chill Out!”
In extreme cases, Stuckle said, they should talk to an adult who is a good listener, a parent, a guardian, counselor— someone the student has confidence in.
Before the session was over, the students were getting pretty good at saying in unison: “Staying cool is what we choose; when we fight we all lose.”
The evening ended with more fun in the gym and “The Monster Mash” featuring BustAGroooVe DJ Brian and Nicole Grove of Strasburg.