Last Wednesday, with the help of IHS, BIA, BNSF Railway and U.S. Forest Service representatives, Crow Elementary School students gained insight regarding personal and public safety.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., students were given demonstrations on safety tips and the various work of local agencies. Provided with hands-on experiences, students learned safety through subjects ranging from simple hand washing to the operation of a fire hose.
Buckle Bear – a life-size bear costume used in community programs – made an appearance and worked with younger students, teaching seatbelt safety with videos and presentations.
Older students learned seatbelt safety through Thor, a small-scale crash simulator.
BNSF staff also educated students about railroad safety.
IHS representatives addressed tobacco prevention through displays and presentations that showed the effects of tar intake in the lungs caused from smoking.
Tips on animal and fire safety were also presented to students.
According to Dean of Students Jonna Chavez, the school has hosted safety demonstrations in the past, but this event is the first in which multiple agencies have demonstrated as part of a daylong event.