Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Well I want you to look. Our service learning is done an' over with! Everything that we could do, we done. We went to the WLOC radio station, we took pictures of bus accidents, we did research on the net, and we even went before the Board of Education. The only thing left to do now is wait. Even if there ain't but two days of school left, we ought to've had at least another month to work on it. If we'd had that extra month, I know we could've got more people involved and we could've pushed it even further. It would've also been a whole lot better if we had got started about two weeks before we did. Aside from the things i've just mentioned, I don't see nothin' wrong the our project. But even though we didn't get that extra month, we're all still happy with the outcome.

Talk to ya'll later.
It is here. The end to our service learning project. We have done all we could do. We looked up research, talked on the radio, took pictures, and talked in front of the Board of Education. Now all we have to do is wait. And I know that if we had another month to work on our SLP(service learning project) that we would be able to get more done. I think that we would push it more and try to get more people involved. And I also think that it would be better if we could get started before we did. Other than that, I do not see anything wrong with our SLP. But although we don't have another month, I am still happy with the outcome. And I know that one day, I will send my children to school and hear them talk about having to wear a seat belt. That is the day I will know that one person can make a difference.

Friday, May 10, 2002

One member of our group called a near by radio station to see if we could go on the air to talk about our project. They told us that we could and that all we had to do was pick the time and date. So we chose next Tuesday, May 14th, at 9:00am. The radio station has been promoting us telling everyone to call and tell us if they are for or against us. I hope we have a good outcome.

Wednesday, May 08, 2002

If anybody out there wants to send one of us a privite e-mail concerning bus safety in general, you can reach us at cowboy_red34@hotmail.com or jnhiser68@yahoo.com

Monday, April 29, 2002

Katie's Wreck #1"
Katie's Wreck #2"
Katie's Wreck #3"
Katie's Wreck #4"
Katie's Wreck #5"

Our classmate's car hit under the bus front end and the bus jumped over the front end of her car. This got us interested in bus safety in general. A couple of inches to the left or right and Katie might not be with us today. Luckily, she is recovering nicely. A child was injuryed in the wreck and it did not have to happen, if there was more safety on buses.

Monday, April 22, 2002

HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK A CHILD'S LIFE IS WORTH? I am sure that you would say PRICELESS. But this is not a Master Card commercial. This is the real world. But I am sure that if you could put a price on life that it would be more than $1,100. And that is all it cost to get seat belts put on a 65 passenger bus.
On May 14, 1988, Kentucky suffered what remains the worst bus accident ever in the United States. 24 children and three adults on a church outing from Radcliff died when the bus they were riding was struck head-on by a drunk driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 71 just outside Carrollton. Although the bus involved in that accident was owned by a church rather than a school system, the incident led to the adoption of a number of safety measures for school buses in the state. Additional emergency exits were required along the side and roof of the bus. Maximum occupancy was reduced. The flashing white light was added to buses' roofs.
You would think that while they added all of these new safety measures to the buses that they would add seat belts. But they didn't. I know that seat belts would not help in an accident like the one I just mentioned but it would help in others. For example, you may of heard about a past tragedy that took the life of a southern Kentucky girl. The driver loses control, the bus rolls down an embankment, a child is thrown from a window and crushed. In this wreck a seat belt would have made a difference. Seat belts annually save thousands of lives in automobile accidents. What could possibly be wrong with having kids wear seat belts on a school bus?
One website that I found this information on is the National Coalition for School Bus Safety.

Did you know there were 62,000 pupil injuries in reported school bus accidents in the period of 1991-1996? Or that there were at least 59 passenger fatalities from bus accidents? We are trying to lower that number. We want to get seat belts on each of the school buses in Hart County, Kentucky. On this website, we will talk about different information and websites that we find about this subject. If you have any past (true) stories about you or someone you know being hurt in a bus accident, please contact us at servlearn@hart.k12.ky.us We would love to hear from you.