News & Happenings: Dunn County NDSU Extension

Our Babysitting Workshop is complete! The Dunn County NDSU Extension Office offered the “I have what it takes to be Your Teen Babysitter” curriculum developed by 4-H/Army Child & Youth Services. I would like to give a big thank you to the nine youth participants who worked hard to learn how to be better child care providers.

Ann Hafner and Holly Boltz teaching CPR/First Aid during babysitting workshop
Ann Hafner and Holly Boltz
teaching CPR/First Aid during
babysitting workshop

These youth also were able to complete their certification in child CPR and First Aid in the three-day course. They made the course a great success with their eagerness to learn. The youth showed great character strengths and I feel confident they will take what they learned and be able to provide safe child care services in our community.

Our office also could not have made this learning expierence possible without the help of Deb Theurer from the West Dakota Parent & Family Resource Center, Gayle Pender- Dukart with Dunn County Social Services, Ann Hafner and Holly Boltz with Killdeer Ambulance, and Carie Bolster with the Dunn Cunty Job Development Authority. Great partnerships should never go unrecognized and these helpful community leaders did a great job at lending a hand to serve our area youth!

To help celebrate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week held May 18 through May 24, Denise Brew, Dunn County Emergency Manger and myself, Janet Wanek, Dunn County NDSU FCS agent, teamed up to visit with youth at two schools in Halliday and Twin Buttes, as well as two daycare facilities in Killdeer. Another thank you goes out too to the Halliday Ambulance Service who allowed the school kids in Halliday and Twin Buttes to climb aboard an ambulance in addition to learning about emergency preparedness and how to help them handle a medical emergency.

The kids loved hearing the sirens and, as reported from some of their teachers, wanted to wear their Junior EMT hats for not just the day we visited but for the last three days left in the school year! The kids enjoyed being able to go through the ambulance and took home valuable resources on how to be prepared during an emergency so, if something bad did happen, the youth could have an upper hand on how to handle the situation. Additional EMS activity books, junior EMT hats and stickers were a big hit with the littlier youth up at the daycares, and we again want to thank everyone who let us come visit these kids to help spread the word about EMS Week!

Programing at all three county schools came to an end this month with school finishing up for the summer. Becky Buchmann and I want to thank all the wonderful school staff, teachers and parents who gave us so many different opportunities to help educate local youth in our communities. Our last topic of the year was a farm safety presentation with 1st graders in Killdeer, and I hope teaching these vibrant young kids will help keep them safe through the summer and their entire lives!

Lastly, May marked the 5th month of free public nurtition classes with a lesson on how to “Nourish Your Skin.” These monthly classes, which run through September, include free recipes, food tastings and give-aways. This last month featured smoothies and free UV beads that the participants could see change color when they have been out in the sun too long. Previous topics covered in the classes inlcuded how to “nourish” your muscles, heart, eyes and how to evaluate health claims to see if they really are truthfull.

The upcoming topic for June is how to “Nourish Your Bones and Joints.” If you’re interested in participating or even want to learn about past topics, please call the Extension office at (701) 764-5593 and ask for Janet Wanek.

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