Amarillo area Our Town briefs for the week of Aug. 14, 2022

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Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health to host Lunch & Learn on Leadership and Restoring Organizational Culture

The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) will host “Lunch & Learn: Leadership Deconstructed; Restoring Organizational Culture” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Amarillo National Bank Skyline Room at 410 S. Taylor St. The event will feature a presentation from Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman, M.D., a TTUHSC professor of surgery and the founder of Blueprint to Leadership.

“I often wonder what the single most crucial part of successful leadership is,” Angela Knapp Eggers, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health senior director, said. “Dr. Rahman has been a successful leader in the health care space and beyond for many years, and she has some incredible tools to help people lead with authenticity and integrity. I’m excited to hear her presentation.”

Rahman is an educator, mentor and surgeon. She was born and raised in Pakistan where her parents had an extraordinary focus on education. She completed her medical degree and surgical training in Pakistan and came to the United States in 2002. She is also the founder of “Papa’s Legacy Foundation,” a non-profit organization, named after her father, that provides college scholarships. Rahman draws on her experiences in academic medicine to construct her principles of leadership. She focuses on the role of integrity and how to unlock human potential through self awareness and introspection.

“The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health works to promote research specific to women’s health, to provide advanced education to health care professionals and to enrich the lives of women and girls through community programs,” Executive Director Connie Tyne said, “We are thrilled to provide this much-needed resource for our community in Amarillo.”

The event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required for attendance. To RSVP, email angela.knapp@ttuhsc.edu or call (806) 414-9941. Door prizes will be presented.

RMA-Amarillo announces Universal Breakfast Program

The Richard Milburn Academy Texas, Inc. (RMA) on Friday announced a change to its policy for serving meals for children served under the National School Breakfast Program for the 2022 – 2023 school year.

This new change will allow all children at all schools/sites to be served meals at no charge.

The ability for Richard Milburn Academy Texas, Inc. (RMA) to offer this special alternative rests upon the success of the school in receiving a completed application for free and reduced-price meals for the National School Breakfast Program from each household in the school. Applications will be furnished by the Richard Milburn Academy Texas, Inc. (RMA) and can be obtained at local RMA Campus. Call Amy Wood, Director of Student Services at 726-275-0450 to ask questions. Completed applications should be returned to the following location:

Richard Milburn Academy Texas, Inc. (RMA)Attention: RMA Registrar4106 SW 51st StreetAmarillo, TX 79109806-463-2284awood@rma-tx.org

American Red Cross issues steps to keep students safe as they head back to school

School bells will be calling students back to the classroom soon and the American Red Cross, Panhandle Plains Chapter, has steps everyone can take to help kids remain safe as they head back to school.

As parents get ready for the start of a new school year, it’s a good time to think about emergencies, such as weather-related disasters, and draw up an emergency plan for their household. Know what the emergency plan is at your child’s school and develop a family emergency plan so everyone will know who to contact and where to go if something happens during the school day. Details are available at redcross.org/prepare.

“There are a lot of things to think about for the start of a busy new school year, but don’t forget to include safety,” said Kiley Murray, Executive Director, Panhandle Plains Chapter. “We ask parents and guardians to consider familiarizing their children with these measures to help keep them safe as they head back to school.”

CELL PHONES A DISTRACTION — The National Safety Council (NSC) reports distracted walking can be dangerous, even deadly. Teach your students the following:

  • Don’t text or talk on your phone while walking. If you must text, move out of the way of othersand stop on the sidewalk.

  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device.

  • Do not walk with headphones in your ears.

  • Drivers can be distracted too. Never use a phone while driving. Help keep children safe byeliminating all distractions.

TAKING THE BUS

  • Students should get to their bus stop early and stand away from the curb while waiting for thebus to arrive. Young children should be supervised.

  • Board the bus only after it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant instructsthem to get on. They should only board their bus, never an alternate one.

  • All students should stay in clear view of the bus driver and never walk behind the bus.

WALKING TO SCHOOL

  • Cross the street at the corner, obeying traffic signals and staying in the crosswalk.

  • Never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.

  • Use a route along which the school has placed crossing guards.

  • Parents, walk with young children and those taking new routes or attending new schools, for thefirst week to ensure they know how to get there safely. Arrange for the kids to walk to school with a friend or classmate.

GOING BY CAR

  • Everyone should always wear a seat belt.

  • Younger children should use car seats or booster seats until the lap-shoulder belt fits properly (typically for children ages 8-12 and over 4’9”), and ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.

  • If a teenager is going to drive to school, parents should mandate that they use seat belts.

RIDING A BIKE — There may be more young people on bikes as the school bells ring. They should:

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet and bright clothing.

  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, in a single file.

  • Come to a complete stop before crossing the street; walk bikes across the street.

  • Stay alert and avoid distracted riding.

SLOW DOWN — Drivers should slow down, especially in residential areas and school zones, and know what the yellow and red bus signals mean. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is getting ready to stop, that motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off.

Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. This includes two and four-lane highways. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.

KEEP LITTLE ONES SAFE — Keeping all students safe is the primary concern for everyone, but there are special steps for parents of younger kids and those going to school for the first time:

  • Make sure the child knows their phone number, address, how to get in touch with their parents at work, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to call 911.

  • Teach children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know. Finally, download the free Red Cross First Aid app for instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. You can find it by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps. Learn and practice First Aid and CPR/AED skills by taking a course (redcross.org/takeaclass) so you can help save a life.

For more information, please visit redcross.org/northtexas or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNTX

Borger Police Department to host C.R.A.S.E. training (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events)

Borger Police Department will be hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Training on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Dome Civic and Convention Center at 6 p.m.

Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (C.R.A.S.E) training, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALEERT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.

This training is open to the public and free of charge. It is recommended for caregivers, school administrations, college and mature high school students, parents, medical professionals, business owners, and civil servants. For questions, contact our instructor, Derrin Ginter of the Borger Police Department at (806) 273-0950.

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Amarillo area Our Town briefs for the week of Aug. 14, 2022