Archive for Friday, February 11, 2011

FCCLA pushing seat belt safety at Tonganoxie High

February 11, 2011

A massive game of Simon Says can help get a simple point across: Don’t forget to buckle up.

Motivational speaker Bill Cordes came this past month to Tonganoxie to discuss seat belt safety and, with the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center packed with Tonganoxie High School students, he led a game of Simon Says. More and more students were knocked out of the game before just a couple were left.

Cordes noted that the students who stayed in the game remained because they learned from others who went before them and from their experiences and mistakes.

The same is true with seat belt safety, Cordes said.

The THS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter brought Cordes to THS, adviser Pam Lamb said, because the chapter has been doing projects promoting seat belt safety.

FCCLA members were positioned at all high school entrances for two days in December to do a survey on seat belt usage for people in the front seat of vehicles. Statistics showed 62 percent of students wore seat belts.

Lamb said FCCLA teamed up with the Seat belts Are For Everyone program.

During the assembly, Cordes told of a loved one who lost her life in an automobile accident and another whose life changed considerably because of injuries sustained in a car accident. Both were not wearing seat belts, he said.

Lamb said pledge cards were for students to sign, if they so chose, saying they would wear seat belts.

FCCLA members will conduct another seat belt survey in the spring to gauge whether any progress has been made.

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