St. Mary's County Public Schools Safety and Security Festivals

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St. Mary's County Public Schools Safety and Security Festivals

St. Mary's County, MD - 4/4/2012

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Maryland State Police, St. Mary’s County Community Alcohol Coalition, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wal-Mart, Maryland Motor Truck Association and the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women participated in this year’s community collaboration supporting safe and orderly schools. The safety campaign was coordinated through the high schools health classes.The goal of the Safety and Security Festival is to increase student safety awareness and enhance understanding regarding the unhealthy consequences of high risk behavior.

During the week of March 26, 2012 activities were scheduled at Chopticon, Great Mills and Leonardtown High Schools.The activities include displays, exhibits and interactive demonstrations addressing safety awareness and student support resources such as:

Don’t Text and Drive – wrecked car display

Drunk Driving Golf Cart Demonstration and Goggle Activities

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Gang Prevention

Bullying and Teen Dating Violence

Water and Boating Safety

Seatbelt Safety Check

Semi-Truck Safety – “Watch For Blind Spots”

In addition to the activities and demonstrations, student viewed a short documentary entitled “The Last Text” which was made available by the National Organizations for Youth Safety and AT&T.

“Prevention education is a continuous process.By working cooperatively with the students we help to provide a better understanding of some of the challenges they will face.It is our hope that through knowledge, family and community support the students will make responsible decisions and avoid unhealthy risks“. (Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron)

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