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City Government Week: Educating children on community services (part 2)
April 13, 2018

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As a conclusion to Rugby Government week, the Ely Elementary 1st graders had a visit from Rugby Police Officer Jeremy Monroe who discussed school safety with the children. His presentation included auto safety, bike riding and other upcoming summer activities for the children.

Monroe had many questions from the first graders about car seat safety. He told them he would be happy to help their parents make sure their car seats were installed correctly. One boy insisted his car seat wasn't working properly and wondered what would happen if they had a crash. Monroe is a certified expert in installing safety equipment for automobiles.

First grader Dallas listened intently and showed his concern over his car seat, saying "my car seat flops what will happen in I get in an accident?" Monroe reassured him that his car seat would be inspected and installed properly.

The officer also shared information about wearing bike helmets and knee pads and helmets for skating and roller blading.

North Dakota state law states that children younger than 8 years of age are required to ride in a child restraint (car seat or booster seat). The restraint must be used correctly following the manufacturer's instructions. A correctly-used seatbelt may be substituted for children younger than 8 who are at least 4'9" or taller.

"When walking to and from places in town this summer, be sure to not talk to people that you don't know, and if someone wants you to come with them, or someone offers you something like candy, just run away to your home or to the guardian who is responsible for you. Do not go with strangers," he emphasized.

Officer Monroe handed out some coloring contest sheets to the students. Monday the students turned in their coloring sheets to their 1st grade teacher, and one boy and one girl winner were annouced. Next week the winners will get a ride to school in a police car with Officer Monroe as a reward.

During lunch, Chief of Police John Rose, Jennifer Stewart, city auditor and Candy Munyer, deputy auditor from the City of Rugby, served hot dogs and all the trimmings for over 300 students at Ely Elementary. Students got to see the human side to government.

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