Written by Jaimee Green
Right, left, right. Or, left, right, left? Which way a child chooses to look first before crossing the road doesn't really matter. All that counts is that they look.
With a new school year underway, it is important for returning students, parents and motorists to remember to use caution when driving.
In an effort to help ensure a safe return to school this year, several members from the Northeast Montana Health Services Emergency Medical Services staff volunteered two days of their time to visit with youth, teachers and parents just before the first day of school. On Aug. 19, they visited the Northside School during a back-to-school barbecue and, on Aug. 20, they went to Southside School.
Nick Kallem, EMT, and Kahlil Wehbe, EMS supervisor, passed out various safety activity books, and allowed youth to look at medical equipment such as blood pressure cuffs, a defibrillator and other diagnostic devices. They also gave ambulance cot rides to willing participants.
“We decided it was important to participate in something like this because we see children run into the street when we are out and we wanted to improve their awareness about safety when they are walking or riding their bikes to and from school,” said Kallem.