By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
North Central Texas College (NCTC) first semester nursing students participated in a safety fair at St. Mary’s School Wednesday.
The focus on the Safety Fair was to teach children from age kindergarten through fifth grade regarding situations that might be dangerous.
NCTC nursing instructor Nicole Goodman said that this is the third year that the nursing students have presented the information to St. Mary students.
Goodman said, “We cover everything including bike safety, bullying, animal safety, poison prevention, fire safety, 911, police safety, pool safety, Internet safety, electrical safety and stranger danger.”
The students were divided into groups and each group spent seven minutes at each station learning about the different subjects.
Denton County Highway patrol officers Gary Brown and Bradley Vick were on hand instructing the students on the importance of wearing seat belts and other vehicular safety.
Summer Milroy and dog Modi provided information on how children can avoid being attacked or bitten by dogs. The students were instructed to stand still if they encounter an unknown animal and not to run as the animal’s first inclination is to chase. Modi was a friendly and willing participant with all the students.
Kelly Vaughn, Janson Bewley and Jason James of the Gainesville Fire Department were on hand describing all the equipment they use and to advise students to make sure their family has a plan in case of a fire.
Vaughn said, “Have a plan on where to meet if you get separated from your parents. The main thing to remember is once you are out of a burning building to never go back in.”
Packets of information covered at the event were prepared for the students to take home and to have as reference material for thier families.