On Monday, November 3, the Northeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Team Spirit Workshop was held at the National Guard Armory in Hannibal.
The Van-Far Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) officers and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members of the FACTS program (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety) attended this one day action packed training program.
This conference was planned solely for the Northeast schools, with the goal of increasing seat belt usage and saving young lives through traffic safety. While at the training, Van-Far students developed an Action Plan. This plan addressed what the students determined to be the number one concern among the students of Van-Far that could lead to death and injury as a result to traffic crashes. The Van-Far students in attendance felt that their main concern was seat belt usage.
The students were motivated with speakers coming to help inspire students to make positive changes in their lives and those around them. Pam Holt, RN, from Springfield, gave a presentation called “Teen Tragedy”. Then MSGT Jason Henke, from the Missouri National Guard, gave a presentation about team Building. The last speaker for the day was Penny Lorenz, Asst. Director for “Think First Missouri,” gave a presentation called “Using Your Mind to Protect Your Body”.
As part of the Van-Far Action Plan, they demonstrated their actions through having a Think First assembly and a Vandalia Fire Department car cutting demonstration. They also are sponsoring Toilet Talks. This is a monthly newsletter placed in the bathrooms at Van-Far Junior and Senior High School about seat belt safety. They also sponsored a seat belt selfie contest. The seat belt selfie contest allowed students to post a picture of themselves with their seat belt on to win a prize using #vfseatbeltslefie.
The following students from Van-Far attended the Northeast Team Spirit Conference: Gina Clausen, Anna DeTienne, Nicole Harvey, Brooke James, Courtney Jennings, Abbi Kuda, Mackenzie Kurz, Emily Laskowski, Baileigh Lucas, Abbegail Robinson, and Autumn Sutton.