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For three years, I volunteered as a camp counselor at Lake Arbor Summer Enrichment Camp, a summer camp for children aged 6 through 12. The camp was designed to be an enriching experience for kids, and activities during the day included tennis, swimming lessons, creative writing and chess. We also organized field trips to places and landmarks in Washington, D.C. such as the Smithsonian, the National Air and Space Museum and Frederick Douglass’s house. The campers got a lot out of it, and they showcased it during chess tournaments and talent shows.
Who doesn’t love a good vacation? I know I do. One of my favorite things to look forward to is my family’s summer vacation. We almost never go to the same place twice (there were those three consecutive visits to a water park lodge, but that doesn’t count because who gets tired of water slides?)
PrevCon 2017 lived up to its reputation as being the place where safety heroes meet. More than 500 U.S. and international public health and safety practitioners gathered in Baltimore from July 26 – 29 for an extraordinary exchange of information, innovations and celebrations.
We appreciate the men and women in the military for all they do to protect our freedom and security. So why wouldn’t we do everything in our power to help protect their kids? My time as a Public Policy intern at Safe Kids has been very diverse, but my favorite task has been looking up legislation and writing letters of support for the bills we support. We recently supported a bill called Evan’s Law that requires all military housing to have window guards installed.
Solar eclipses are rare enough occurrences, with the most recent one coming in August 1999. You couldn’t even watch that one from the United States – the most recent one that was visible from America was back in 1979. And to find one that was visible through the entire contiguous United States is even rarer – you’d have to go back almost a century, to June 1918. This Monday, August 21, however, every American from coast to coast will be able to take part in this incredible event. So how can we watch the eclipse safely with our kids so they can properly appreciate such an amazing moment?
This blog was written by Joshua Ogboenyiya, SKW summer intern
Why Avoiding Distrated Walking Matters To Me
After several early mornings and late afternoon “stake outs” at middle and high schools in my hometown of Grand Forks, I now know what it feels like to be a police officer. That’s because a little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to work with Safe Kids Grand Forks to observe the distracted walking problem in middle and high students in school zones.
Why You Should Care About School Bus Passing
Five-year-old Maliyah Steadman was getting off her school bus in Shreveport, Louisiana when she was suddenly hit by a car. Even though the bus’s extended crossing arm was activated and it’s against the law, the driver went around the car directly in front of him that had stopped for the bus and hit Maliyah. In critical condition, the young girl was rushed to the hospital. Thankfully Maliyah was released three months later, but is still struggling with lasting effects of a brain injury.
This blog was written by Joshua Ogboenyiya, SKW summer intern.
Why You Should Reduce Your Speed in School Zones
I confess – I’ve been a speeder. I would often catch myself driving 7-10 miles over the posted limit. It was a dangerous habit that I and many others need to break, considering that over 35,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, speeding being a top cause. Speeding is especially dangerous for children in school zones. Every day, a child is at risk from speeders.
This blog was written by Pamela Eisner, SKW summer intern
Why You Should Care About Speeding in School Zones
People speed in school zones and put kids at risk. Studies show that lowering speed can reduce fatality rates by up to 40 percent and a very recent analysis by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that speed is a contributing factor in fatal crashes at about the same frequency as drunk driving. Something has to be done, and you can be part of the solution.