Battle of the Belt

Students buckled down in successful safety efforts

Three presidents of the Calvary Lutheran High School SADD Chapter hung up the school’s third banner in three years from the Battle of the Belt campaign. Kara Wehmeyer was the charter president, Kara Bernskoetter is the current president and Krista Stanford is the past president.

Three presidents of the Calvary Lutheran High School SADD Chapter hung up the school’s third banner in three years from the Battle of the Belt campaign. Kara Wehmeyer was the charter president, Kara Bernskoetter is the current president and Krista Stanford is the past president. Photo by Michelle Brooks.

Making good choices that lead to safer lives is a priority message at two Mid-Missouri schools.

Eugene High and Calvary Lutheran High schools recently were honored for their successful Battle of the Belt campaigns in October.

Both schools received a wall banner and a check for $500 for having 100 percent seat belt use during the unscheduled checks. And they will each host the highest in the central region plaque for six months.

At Calvary, the campaign fits within the SADD Chapter’s goals.

School resource officer Josh Stockman enlisted the A+ program students to participate at the Eugene school.

For the first time, the Eugene speech class also got involved.

The students in Sharlynn Cochran’s class divided into three groups, each developing and recording 30-second public service announcements.

The Battle of the Belt fell at the same time as the lesson on radio and television commercials, Cochran said.

“It was a learning experience to do video editing,” she said.

One group focused on special effects, another went for poignant silence, and the third based their’s on the song “In the Arms of the Angels.”

“It was fun, but they really had to think,” Cochran said.

She expects to include the Battle of the Belt project in next year’s curriculum, too.

Calvary has met the 100 percent use challenge the three years it has been involved. Eugene has met the challenge in the past, but it had been awhile, Stockman said.

“Now that we’re at 100 percent, we want to maintain it,” he said.

As the DARE officer and a regular presence in the hallways, Stockman has seen the “buckle up” message trickle down to the elementary, too.

Similarly, Calvary’s SADD Chapter intends to keep the message out there, particularly for the incoming freshman class.

“It never hurts to have that reminder to buckle up,” said past president Krista Stafford.

SADD sponsor Denise Crider added, “I think it’s not just a once-in-a-year check.

“They’ve done a good job of creating a culture of expectation that you will be buckled.”

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