Williams Lake Tribune
Friday, November 3, 2017 A7
Maranatha students thankful for food fun Nikki DELAY Special to the Tribune
On Thursday, Oct. 26, students in the Grade 6/7 class at Maranatha Christian School were surprised with a special treat when their teacher arranged a tour of the Fennel Cup food truck based out of Williams Lake. Mrs. Delay’s class has been working on a unique project-based learning unit the past few weeks where they have been designing and creating a food truck. “It’s a great project,” Mrs. Delay exclaimed. “My students have been creating a food truck from the ground up, making logos and catchphrases and menus. “They have been ordering from each others’ food trucks too. Then they have to add up the orders and find the tax and
Hannah Bilow (left), Fiona Pinette, Brenna Gilbert, Montana Alphonse and Jada Schutze were excited to explore the Fennel Cup food truck for inspiration on their school project.
Students Danielle Edinger (left), Fiona Pidette, Caleb Albisser, and Erin Getsen enjoyed some tasty treats from the Fennel Cup food truck.
totals. It’s a unique way of learning adding and subtracting and multiplying decimals. Way more fun than a worksheet or textbook!” She went on to explain that as part of the project, students
tant Amanda Bilow said, “Students are loving this food truck math. They ask every day, ‘when are we working on our food truck?’ I work with a lot of friends in this classroom that are thriving doing projects
will be designing and building a three dimensional model of their food truck. They will find the area, volume, and perimeter of the different components in their food trucks as well.
Having students explore the Fennel Cup on Thursday gave them a visual for how large things should be as well as what items needed to be included to make their design functional. Educational assis-
like this. It gets them out of a book and off a piece of paper and has them using their creative thinking skills to create a business that they may actually use one day. Seeing a food truck in action has inspired them.
It’s using math skills in a real life situation.” Mrs. Delay and the Grade 6/7 students want to say a special thank you to the Fennel Cup for cooking up some delicious food for everyone.
Falls are serious but they can be prevented Kelly WILSON Special to the Tribune
Falls happen every day, across all age groups. For children and youth, it might be a fall off playground equipment or a bicycle. For adults, it might be a fall off a ladder or slipping on the floor at work. For older adults, most falls occur in the home. Falls can have devastating effects: They are the number one cause of injury-related deaths, hospital stays, visits to the emergency room and the most common
cause of permanent disability for children, adults, and seniors. Falls are the leading cause of injury‐related deaths and hospitalizations for B.C. seniors. In fact, within B.C. an average of 557 seniors die each year from falls. For youth, falls are second only to car and bike crashes. On average in B.C., 13,397 seniors (aged 65 and older) are hospitalized each year — that’s 37 hospitalizations a day. Women over 65 are the highest risk group,
with almost double the rates of deaths, hospital stays, visits to the emergency room and permanent partial disability than older men. The good news is there are many things that can be done to prevent falls. The number one reason why seniors fall is because their muscles become weak due to inactivity. While you should always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program, the best advice for all ages is to get active, and include strength and balance
training in your routines. For example Tai Chi has been shown to be effective at preventing falls in seniors. Many community recreation centres now offer strength and balance classes designed for older participants or those with health issues. Taking more than five medications also increases the risk of falling, as many medications have dizziness or drowsiness as a side effect. Sleeping pills should be avoided, if possible. It is import-
ant to tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you take and to make sure you take your medications as directed. If you think your medications are making you dizzy and might cause you to fall, be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist right away. Don’t stop taking your medication without speaking with your doctor first. Be especially careful when you are starting a new medication as the side effects may be worse at the beginning.
Other tips to prevent falls: Reduce clutter inside your home, especially on the floors. Make sure all outdoor pathways and stairs are well lit and free of ice, snow and leaves. Avoid using ladders or step stools. Move things down to where you can reach them and/or ask a neighbour, family member or friend for assistance. Use handrails and remove your reading glasses when going up and down stairs. Wear comfortable
low-heeled shoes that provide good support. Eat healthy foods and drink lots of water – poor nutrition and dehydration can cause dizziness. Avoid rushing and “multi-tasking.” Be more mindful of where you put your feet and stay alert to your surroundings when you are walking, especially on stairs. Have your vision checked each year. Wear your glasses and hearing aids. Consider using a walker or cane to help with getting around.
Does anyone else have concerns about BC Hydro? Editor: Electricity is essential and directly affects all consumers of this product in British Columbia regardless of your position in the electrical consumption system. No one is immune. I am not writing in isolation about BC Hydro. My hope is to contribute and reach the wider populace
that are not too complacent to get involved. Together we can achieve something better than what we have. BC Hydro with its historic administrative policies and the associated legislation passed by various governments and supporting institutions and or input from large international lobby groups, I believe
has not been operating in our best interests. From my personal point of view and from others I have discovered there are immense problems that need to be reviewed and solved immediately. Thus I do not have the space here to elaborate at length but if you do your own research and start to really think and talk with
each other, I am confident you will have your own questions, discover inconsistencies and problems that exist. Now for example, just one issue among many is the SMART METER! In this particular case a meter reader travels from Williams Lake every two months to our community in Quesnel to read some
smart meters for free. However, that same meter reader reads an analog meter in the same neighbourhood and other locations at the same time for a charge of $32.40 plus taxes per month. This has been documented and existed in our area since 2013. BC Hydro, the government, local repre-
sentation and their institutions conveniently avoid this issue and all the other issues that exist to this day. It is a fact, therefore I have been proactive, and I have witnessed and questioned this action. For my concern as a customer I have been ignored and penalized. I have been without electricity in the 21st
century, in a modern community since the fall of 2014. BC Hydro’s action which you can quickly ascertain has serious personal ramifications. I invite dialogue from anyone and everyone, for similar events must be occurring in your community as well. D. Stromquist Quesenl