LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Police Department and New York State Police were on seatbelt patrol Monday, May 6 at the Lake Placid Middle High School. No, it wasn't a ticket trap, it was an event that was part of "Arrive Alive Week" at the school.
The "Battle of the Belts" took play on the Olympic Oval in front of the school as students raced to a vehicle, put on their seatbelts, then scurried out of the vehicle, got back into the vehicle at the other end and again put on their seatbelts.
The event was geared to teach students about seatbelt safety and was conducted by the Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition and the state and village police.
Lake Placid Village Police Officer Jim Farnum watches members of the Lake Placid Middle High School eighth-grade class during the “Battle of the Belts” May 6 as part of Arrive Alive Week.
Photo/Richard Rosentreter/Lake Placid News
"We were really pleased with how the students responded to this activity," said CYC Development Director Carol Hayes, in a press release.
Sgt. Brian Goetz of the state police was on hand to present iTune gift cards to student contest winners on behalf of the Governor's Traffic Safety Council. Lake Placid village police officer Jim Farnum was at the entire event helping run students run the seatbelt drill. Also on hand were CYC President Mary Dietrich and CYC coordinator Tina Clark and Hayes, all three donating their vehicles for use for the contest.
Throughout the day classes came out in picture-perfect conditions to get their shot at the iTune gift card prize.
"We have 90 gift cards to give away," Clark announced to the 8th-grade class, leading to a bunch of ooooos from the children.
"I don't have an iTunes gift card," said one of the kids as they geared up for the seatbelt "run."
Farnum, Dietrich and Hayes got each group together and with stop watches in hand, kids raced to see who could get their seatbelts on in the fastest times. After one of the groups from the eight-grade finished with a time of 58 seconds, Farnum politely informed them that a group from the sixth grade finished with a time of 36 seconds.
Monday's contest was just one in several at the school connected with the Arrive Alive campaign. During the week, students have the opportunity to sign a "Contract for Life," which asks them to pledge to make safe decisions when they are in a motor vehicle. Students are also asked to take the pledge home to have a family discussion.
On Friday, May 10, Clark and Hayes were in the student parking lot at the school to conduct a seatbelt safety check, and all students in compliance received a CYC T-shirt.
Prom party event
The annual Prom and After-Prom Party will be held Saturday, May 18.
"The response from the community has been very positive this year," Clark said, but added that this year they are still in need of small door prizes and food donations.
Those who would like to support the After-Prom Party may contact Tina by calling 523-2474 ext. 4008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.