Page A10 — The Brownsville States-Graphic, Thursday, October 21, 2010
Leadership Haywood class donates to Multi-Handicap center
The Leadership Haywood County Class of 2010 made a stop to the Haywood County Multi-Handicap Center to donate the proceeds and items raised and acquired by the class. “As a participant, we learned about community service, economics, government, law enforcement, Tennessee History, education and other aspects of interest. This class is designed to help the participators build leadership skills and expose them to the different elements which interact to form our community,” class member Tracy Taylor said. “This class helps us to bring awareness to the needs and issues facing our community.” Leadership Haywood managed to raise $4,741.50. They presented the
Multi-Handicap Center with various items for the classrooms—learning aids and education board games—a check for $2,153.34 and three benches/picnic tables. The center also received a special mural painted by Haywood High School art teacher, Tracy Evans’ students. “The Haywood County MultiHandicap Center was in desperate need of improvements for their playground and within their facility,” Taylor said. “Our goal was to raise fund s to provide an environment consisting of equipment, materials and beautiful surroundings that will help motivate the students in accomplishing some of their individual goals.”
Wow, what a week! We are having renovations done here at the library. The workers are going by sections doing what they need to do. There will be periodic closures of parts of the library. We will post the section closings on the library Facebook page. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any books, please call 772-9534 and renew them as the majority of our shelves are shrinkwrapped at the moment. We are looking forward to the new carpet and (eventually) fresh paint. Lunch & Learn is coming quickly. Lunch & Learn is scheduled
for Wednesday, October 27 at noon in the library meeting room. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Tom Lea and his lovely wife Judy for their Annual Fall Harvest show. Everyone is invited to attend. Please remember to bring a lunch, the library will provide drinks and dessert. Please join us as we welcome Tom and Judy Lea back to the Elma Ross Public Library. Let’s Lunch & Learn at the Library! The Friends of the Library will be hosting a Friends Night Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Joan Hartman.
Dr. Hartman, author of “Sam’s Special Cookie”, has written another book titled “Grace Finds Gold.” We are looking forward to having Dr. Hartman with us again. All are invited to attend, so mark your calendars now. Friends Night November 16 at 7 p.m. Now that fall is officially here, we would like to remind everyone that if you are too sick to go to work or to school, you are too sick to come to the library. While we love all our patrons, please keep your germs to yourself and come back when you feel better. Thank you for your consideration. Happy Reading!
THP Supports National School Bus Safety Week “Cross in View, It’s the Right Thing to Do”
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) joins the promotion of the 2010 National School Bus Safety week and its theme, “Cross in View, It’s the Right Thing to Do”. By supporting the five-day annual event, which runs from October 18 through October 22, the THP hopes to highlight the importance of school bus safety awareness and education. “Riding the school bus is one of the safest modes of transportation; it’s when children get on or off the bus that causes concern,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “That is why it is critical for parents, teachers, and school administrators to stress the importance of crossing in view of the school bus driver, and to instruct children on other safety tips that will keep
them out of harm’s way.” Each day, some 480,000 school buses transport more than 26 million children to and from school and school related activities, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. An average of 19 school-age children die in school transportationrelated traffic crashes each year – five occupants of school buses and 14 pedestrians. Most of those killed are children five to seven years old. The “danger zone” for a school bus is the area 10 feet around the vehicle; the two most dangerous places are the front and the right rear tire area of the bus. Children must take care when boarding or leaving the school bus by following these simple rules: · Always remain in direct eyesight of
the bus driver; · Be alert to traffic. Check both ways before stepping off the bus; · Make eye contact with the bus driver, and wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing the street; · Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus to cross the street; · Never go under the bus to retrieve something you’ve dropped; · Get to the bus stop in plenty of time.
“Educating children on school bus safety is a top priority, but we also want to remind drivers to slow down in school zones and obey the stop arm,” said THP Colonel Tracy
Trott. “Our troopers work diligently to enforce traffic laws in the school zone, and will penalize those who blatantly disregard laws designed to protect children.” In Tennessee and in every state, drivers must stop when the stop arm is extended and red lights are flashing. Between August 1, 2010, and September 30, 2010, State Troopers wrote 343 citations to drivers as part of THP’s Back to School Enforcement Campaign. A total of 126 of those drivers were ticketed for speeding in a school zone. In 2009, Troopers issued 5,445 citations in school zones across the state. Of those citations, 973 were speeding violations, while one citation was handed out for passing a stopped school bus.
All school bus drivers in Tennessee must attend an annual training course in order to receive and maintain the school bus endorsement on their Driver License. During the 2009-10 academic year, more than 12,000 school bus drivers received training from the THP Pupil Transportation Unit. Additionally, THP also inspected 10,595 buses to ensure they were in compliance with the established safety requirements. Attached along with this news release are the ABC’s of School Bus Safety for students, parents and motorists. School Bus Safety Week was created in 1960, commemorated by Congress and the President in 1969, and recognized,
most recently, by a congressional resolution in 2006. The goal of SBSW, which is sponsored each year by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services and National School Transportation Association, is to emphasize the importance of a unified effort among students, parents and the motoring public to ensure a safe and secure ride for the nearly 26 million children who are transported daily on yellow school buses. This week also recognizes the hard work and dedication of school transportation professionals, especially the school bus drivers who ensure a safe journey for students daily. For more information about SBSW, visit www.napt.org
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