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Beverly-Center held Community Safety Day October 1. Safety sessions were set up throughout the school, with classes visiting and learning about different kinds of safety at each station.

Kathy Dodrill from the OSU Extension Office showed students how to be safe in the kitchen. Her number one rule for safety was “Wash your hands!” Sanitizers are good, but nothing replaces warm water and soap because there isn’t just dirt, but germs, on the hands and washing will take care of them. Other safety areas were: being careful around boxes with sharp cutting edges like plastic wrap and aluminum foil; cleaning raw fruits and vegetables before eating them; keeping appliance cords away from the edge of counters; turning pot and pan handles inward on the stove, but away from heat; cleaning up spills immediately to prevent slips; safe food handling and storage of cooked and raw foods; and keeping flammable items away from the stove to prevent a possible fire.

“Call 911” was the message brought by Office Mikes of the Ohio State Patrol. Marietta is the center for the sheriff’s department that monitors all 911 calls. Students were reminded they should know their address, phone number, and specifics of what happened when calling. Prank calls vary in punishment from fines, to juvenile detention, to jail time depending on the age of the offender. Officer Mikes demonstrated how quickly a child could be taken by a stranger, and students were encouraged to holler “Stranger!” if they should ever be taken in order to alert others to their situation.

Jim Ullman and Josh Kasun from the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department gave a ‘tour’ of their fire truck, explaining the various equipment fire fighters use to do their job. Students toured the inside of the fire truck and all participated in an event favorite – shooting water from the fire hose.

Cyberbullying and Internet Safety were detailed by principal Megan Miller. The simplest thing to remember while online is, “If you don’t want people to know about it, don’t put it out there.” Once things are ‘out there,’ they are there forever. Cautions were also given as to what is said while online, because tone of voice is one thing that doesn’t translate in writing and things can be misunderstood. Cyberbullying can happen while texting and on Facebook and YouTube. Remember, “Stop! Block! Tell!” a responsible adult if you ever feel uncomfortable or bullied while online.

Be “Sun Wise and Sun Safe” was the message from Beth Lewis and Cheryl Nau from Strecker Cancer Center. The sun is warm and helps plants grow, supplies Vitamin D, kills germs, gives light, and helps us feel good. The sun is harmful, too, by causing sunburn, wrinkles, skin cancer, and eye damage. Students were asked to limit their time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the most harmful. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and shade were all listed as ways to avoid the sun’s damage. A UV range of 5-6 or higher was given as the ‘danger level,’ while sunglasses to protect from 99-100% UV rays and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher were given as good protection levels.

The Beverly Squad was represented by Denise Black, Carrie Rauch, and Karen Lockhart. Students were reminded the squad is to be called only for emergencies. The squad members – with the help of teachers – demonstrated two important pieces of equipment often used – the stair chair and the Mega Mover. Both help with difficult or dangerous transports.

Beverly Police Officer Ted Offenberger took students on a ‘tour’ of the gear police officers wear and when each could be used. The items included pepper spray, Taser, whistle, handcuffs, keys, expandable baton, gun, radio, gloves, knife, and flashlight. A police officer’s main job, said Offengerger, is to help people and often his most used ‘weapon’ is a law book and paper to be sure the law is being followed with each case.

The day wrapped up with a short training discussion about “ALICE” – the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate program being used at schools. Students were encouraged to hide, be quiet, and follow directions during these drills to stay safe.

The Community Safety Day was organized by the Building Leadership Team of principal Megan Miller and teachers Tina Bohl, Elizabeth Curry, Lenora Lockhart, Shelly McIntyre, and Lois Neville.

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