Community Safety and Career Day held

Beverly-Center Elementary School held their annual Community Safety/Career Day October 11.

Students in kindergarten, first, and second grade participated in Community Safety Day by visiting five different learning stations. Jim Ullman and Josh Kasun represented the Beverly Volunteer Department. They talked about fire prevention and safety and gave the students a chance to hit a target with the water hose – always a ‘crowd favorite’. Debbie Miller and Stephan Haines, representing the Beverly Volunteer Squad, brought an ambulance and discussed first-aid, safety, and how to get medical help when needed. With flu season coming, the Ohio State Extension Office presented a timely program about germs and the importance of handwashing. The Beverly Police Department, in conjunction with the National Safety Council, presented magician Kerry Kazam who talked about personal safety. Chief Warden discussed staying safe at school.https://www.newsandsentinel.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=poll

Students in third through sixth grade spent their day learning about careers. They had seven speakers that presented programs about their careers to give students ideas about future occupations. Participating community members included musician Roger Bush; physical therapist Niki Shilling; silo building and repair with Diane Wingrove; oil industry jobs with Butch Bradford; graphic design with Samantha Alden; speech and language therapist Barbara Sampson; and Melinda Witten, careers in agriculture. These community members gave students a lot to think about as they begin thinking about what they might want to be ‘when they grow up’.



Beverly-Center is working to transform their school into a 21st century learning environment. 21st Century Learning focuses on communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. This school year, the school has implemented several programs to increase these skills. Through the generosity of the P.T.O., more Chromebooks were purchased to enable fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students to have their own Chromebook in class. They also purchased additional seating in the library to make more kid-friendly spaces. These comfortable chairs allow for additional collaboration and communication opportunities and first and second grade students partner with fourth and fifth grade students for peer book selection and reading. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes have scheduled a common time in the afternoon each day for Book Club, giving students the opportunity to read in multi-grade level groups. The computer lab now has a simple recording area where students and small groups can work together to record presentations and videos.



Seventh Grade students from Fort Frye joined more than 800 students and nearly 40 presenters during Washington State Community College’s Young Engineers and Scientists Days program held at the college on October 17 and 18. This program is designed to get middle school students interested in science and technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and medicine (STEAMM) though a hands-on look at how local businesses use these topics in daily practices. In addition to Fort Frye, students from Belpre, Caldwell, Frontier, Marietta, St. Johns St Mary’s, Shenandoah, Warren, and Waterford were expected to attend.


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.


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