Back to School Bash

Photo by Shari Harris
Parents, educators and the Air Evac helicopter crew assembled before the patriotic chopper Sunday afternoon.

By Shari Harris,

The Licking PTO’s Back to School Bash offered information to students and parents on a variety of subjects Saturday, and offered hot dogs and chips as well.
Mr. Jim Maddox provided tours of his school bus, while handing out education packets about school bus safety.
The Licking Fire Department was present, with Asst. Chief Tim Umfleet, along with Licking Fire Department firefighters David Potts, Larry Potts, Joshua Sonsouice, and Quinton Trout (Junior Firefighter), teaching children about their trucks and firefighting equipment. They also assisted with the landing site for the Air Evac helicopter, which arrived on scene to the delight of children and parents alike. Children were allowed to sit in the cockpit, as pilot Gordon Vandivort, Medic Jamie Dunn, and Flight Nurse Brandi Crider, RN, answered questions.
MSHP Public Information Officer Sgt. Jeff Kinder brought vision-impairing goggles which simulated impairment by alcohol and by marijuana in daytime and in nighttime, and parents and students had the opportunity to view the world as though impaired to understand how driving would be affected. Then students were allowed to maneuver a pedal car around cones while wearing the goggles.
Licking School Resource Officer Jordan Goodwin, Texas County Deputy Juvenile Officer Mandy Polletta-Evans, Cpl. Brian Allgire, and K-9 Officer Loki greeted students and provided literature on several topics including bullying, truancy, sexual harassment, teen dating, violence awareness, and depression awareness.
The Licking Booster Club sold t-shirts for young Wildcats and Wildcat fans. Cassie Ingram, Tammy Taber and Kylie Ingram were available to sign up boosters and sponsors.
Johnna Morris and Megan Carver from the Texas County Health Department brought their car seat program handouts and had car seats on hand for demonstrations.
Joe and Larissa Satterfield provided information about the Royal Rangers program at the Licking Assembly of God Church. The Rangers are working with the Dept. of Conservation some this year, and programs will include archery and instruction in the hunter safety course. The Rangers meet the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 at the church, with boys grades K-12 accepted.



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