Ollie Otter Teaches Children to Buckle Up

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Children at New Albany Elementary School now know about Mississippi’s booster seat law after a visit from a delightful furry mascot named Ollie Otter.  The law requires that children ages 4 – 7 must be in booster seats if they are under 4’9” tall or under 65 pounds. Ollie Otter says “You Otter Buckle Up!”

According to Kim Pee of Mississippi Safety Services, crash researchers have found that young children are too small for seatbelts and must have booster seats for the seat belt to fit correctly across their strong arm, shoulder, and hip bones.   She states “Obviously, no seat belt at all is the worst case scenario.  Of 100 children who die in motor vehicle collisions when they are not buckled in, if they had been buckled in correctly, 70 of the children could have lived.  It is so sad and so preventable.  In addition to deaths in crashes, many children suffer permanent damage such as brain injuries.”

Ollie Otter helped measure the children in PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade and found that nearly 100% of the students were too small for seat belts only and are safer if they use booster seats when they are passengers.  Ms. Pee explains that seat belts are made for a 160-pound adult and are just too big for young children. The children also learned that they are 2 times safer in the back seat.

Ms. Pee also presented the school with a “Buckle Up” street sign.  This sign will be placed on campus to raise awareness about seat belt safety and as a reminder to passengers to buckle up before leaving the campus.

Pictured L-R:  NAES Principal Jamey Wright; NAES School Resource Officer P.J. Doyle; Mississippi Safety Services Presenter Kim Pee; NAES Counselor April Hobson
Pictured L-R: NAES Principal Jamey Wright; NAES School Resource Officer P.J. Doyle; Mississippi Safety Services Presenter Kim Pee; NAES Counselor April Hobson

This brain injury prevention program is a special presentation of Mississippi Safety Services and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation.  Mississippi Safety Services has been providing Defensive Driving Courses statewide for 25 years.  For additional information, contact 601-924-7815, orinfo@MSsafety.com.

 

New Albany Elementary School Receives $3,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy

[New Albany, MS] – September 1, 2016 —The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded New Albany Elementary School a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy.  This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Jamie Glenn, a first grade teacher at NAES, submitted the grant proposal “Inspiring Through Literacy” for her classroom.  Through grant funding, Glen will purchase and add iPads and leveled guided reading books to her classroom library to be used for literacy activities.

“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”

Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993.  The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.