Summit High School students learn about distracted driving | SummitDaily.com

Summit High School students learn about distracted driving

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

THIS WEEK IN SUMMIT SCHOOLS

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Central Admin. Office, District Accountability Meeting, 4:30 p.m.

Summit High School, Boy’s Soccer vs. Steamboat, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Silverthorne Elementary, PTA, 5:30 p.m.

Summit Cove Elementary, Bike to School Day

Thursday, Oct. 8

Summit Middle School, Volleyball, 4 p.m.

Summit High School, Volleyball vs. Rifle, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Summit High School, Volleyball vs. Palisade, 1 p.m.

Summit High School students attended a schoolwide assembly on Sept. 30 about distracted driving and its consequences, presented by ThinkFirst, Summit Medical Center and Mountain Clinics Chapter.

Students heard from a mother whose 6-year-old was hit and killed by a driver talking on a cell phone; they also watched AT&T’s 10-minute documentary, “The Last Text.”

Then students participated in distracted-driving simulations and were given a phone-free driving pledge to sign.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes that serious enough to injure themselves or others.

Of drivers 15- to 19-years-old involved in fatal crashes in 2013, 15 percent were distracted by their cell phones.

ThinkFirst is a public-education, injury-prevention program that targets children and young adults in Summit and Park Counties.

The local chapter is run by Holly Adnan and Kelley Lau and sponsored by funding from Summit Medical Center Health Foundation, The Summit Foundation, Central Mountains RETAC and the town of Frisco. For more information, visit www.summitmedicalcenter.org/thinkfirst or email at hollyadnan@centura.org or kelleylau@centura.org.

Classes start for families of students with behavioral challenges

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its Colorado affiliate will offer its NAMI Basics education course for parents and caregivers of children and teens in Frisco with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

The class begins Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

Trained teachers who are themselves parents or caregivers of individuals who developed emotional and behavioral difficulties before age 13 lead the course. The two-and-a-half-hour classes are offered once a week for six weeks.

“We care about children. We care about families,” said Scott Glaser, NAMI Colorado executive director. “NAMI Basics provides an important road map to guide them during difficult times.”

The course gives parents and other caregivers basic information necessary to take the best possible care of their child, the rest of their family and themselves.

NAMI Basics helps parents and other family caregivers of children learn coping skills, understand the conditions causing behavioral difficulties and the critical role families play in the treatment of those conditions as well as provides tools for decision making after the program.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental-health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

To register or for more information about the class or starting a NAMI Rockies affiliate, contact Betty Sarber at bettysarber@gmail.com or (970) 389-0808.

CMC holds info session for education doctorate

Community members interested in learning how to earn a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) degree in the Colorado Mountain College service area are invited to a free information session Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at five CMC locations.

The meeting will be held face-to-face at the college’s Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs or via interactive video at CMC campuses and locations in Edwards (150 Miller Ranch Road), Steamboat Springs (1275 Crawford Ave.), Dillon (333 Fiedler Ave.) and Leadville (901 S. Highway 24).

The degree is offered through Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, in partnership with Colorado Mountain College and Rural Community College Alliance. If enough students sign up, the program could start as soon as spring 2016.

The program is for students interested in public-school administration, higher-education administration, adult education or organizational leadership. Students will learn what it means to be an administrator, leader or teacher in a rural community.

The three-year program will open doctoral degrees to employees in public schools, higher education and governmental agencies in Colorado’s rural mountain communities.

For more information, contact Rebecca Green, Ed.D., at greenr@nova.edu or 205-913-5816, or go to education.nova.edu.


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