2013-05-02 / Front Page

Student signs seat belt pledge, wins big teddy bear

By Terri Lang


Emmons County Public Health Staff Nurse Lisa Edholm- Moch, R.N. presents Morgan Huizenga with a giant “Buckle Up In the Back” teddy bear. Emmons County Public Health Staff Nurse Lisa Edholm- Moch, R.N. presents Morgan Huizenga with a giant “Buckle Up In the Back” teddy bear. When Lisa Edholm- Moch, R.N., Staff Nurse with Emmons County Public Health, visited with Strasburg’s kindergarten and first grade students about buckling up, they thought they would never win the big prize.

On Tues., April 16, Edholm Moch presented a sixfoot teddy bear to first grader Morgan Huizenga. Morgan’s name was drawn from about 12,000 pledge forms. She became the proud owner of a “Buckle Up In the Back” giant teddy bear. Morgan is the daughter of Chris and Colleen Huizenga.

As part of this year’s Child Passenger Safety Month activities, Moch shared important information with kindergarten and first grade students in Emmons County schools. Students were asked to sign a pledge to promise they would wear their seat belt in the back seat. After signing their pledges, the pledge form was put into a box for a drawing among students from all over the state.


The Strasburg first graders and their teacher, Mrs. Huber, also signed their pledges and celebrated with Morgan Huizenga by sharing Teddy Grahams treats. Pictured are, stand, left to right, Lisa Edholm-Moch, R.N. and Mrs. Huber; back row, Brock Tougas, Addison Wagner, Malachi Huber and Jordyn Heidrich; middle row, Joshua Hulm, Bryann Ternes, Shauna Lauinger and Mary Baumgartner; front, Cody Baumgartner, Morgan Huizenga and Abby Vetsch. The Strasburg first graders and their teacher, Mrs. Huber, also signed their pledges and celebrated with Morgan Huizenga by sharing Teddy Grahams treats. Pictured are, stand, left to right, Lisa Edholm-Moch, R.N. and Mrs. Huber; back row, Brock Tougas, Addison Wagner, Malachi Huber and Jordyn Heidrich; middle row, Joshua Hulm, Bryann Ternes, Shauna Lauinger and Mary Baumgartner; front, Cody Baumgartner, Morgan Huizenga and Abby Vetsch. The contest was sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Health and Emmons County Public Health. In addition to signing the pledge, children learned the following safety tips.

• Buckle up in the back seat on every trip even short trips around town.

• Ride in the back seat until age 13 even if there are no air bags in the front seat, and especially if there are on/off sensors in the vehicle seat.

• Children should use booster seats until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly, usually between the ages of 8 to 12 or until they are about 4'9" tall. For the seat belt to fit correctly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.

• Never place a shoulder belt under the arm or behind the back.

For more information about the best practices of child passenger safety, contact Emmons County Public Health at (701) 254-4027 or the North Dakota Department of Health at 1-800-472-2286.

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