Children get a primer on first aid procedures


January 16, 1998|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FIFTH-GRADE pupils at Mount Airy Elementary School are better prepared to identify and handle basic injuries thanks to the efforts of Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department.

Jim Crum, a Fire Department captain, answered students' questions about first aid and injury awareness during a presentation Wednesday.

The program was planned by fifth-grade teacher Heather Shulman to reinforce basic first-aid information the children had learned during a recent health unit.

As part of the Fire Department's emphasis on public education, an ambulance was on hand for the children to look at. The emergency crew talked about the importance of having a first-aid kit readily available and how to handle common injuries that could happen at home or school.

Contestant sticks it out

She endured three nights in a brightly lighted, cold convention center, sleeping with her arm locked around the front grill of a car. She went without a shower or change of clothes for 75 hours, "lived" in close proximity to eight strangers and suffered the wrath of constant media attention.

For Mount Airy resident Pam Ring, this wasn't some kind of self-imposed torture or physical endurance test. She willingly agreed to these rules and more in the hopes of winning a new $30,000 luxury sedan.

The 38-year-old was one of nine contestants chosen by radio station WMZQ to participate in the contest at the Washington Auto Show. The Dec. 29 contest took place during the auto show at the Washington Convention Center.

The contest, sponsored by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, offered a 1998 Mazda Millenia as the grand prize.

The contest lasted 128 hours. Contestants had to maintain constant contact with the car at all times, except for one 15-minute break every three hours. They weren't allowed to get in or on top of the car. They also weren't allowed to read, write, listen to a radio or talk on a telephone.

Ring, a computer saleswoman, decided to enter the contest because "a car is a pretty good prize," but mostly because it was just a contest. Ring also thought her luck was pretty good since she had just won $1,000 in another radio contest.

She admitted the contest wasn't what she had expected, especially all the media attention. Halfway into the contest, Ring began to see it as a "personal challenge." The worst part was not being allowed to take a shower.

It was a spilled soda in hour 75 that ended Ring's hopes of winning the car. Instinct took over as she grabbed for the soda can, breaking her contact with the car. She was the fifth contestant to drop out.

Ring says she thinks she'll be ready to try such a contest in a year or so. Next time she'll be better prepared.

"I'll develop a strategy," she said.

Geography bee winner

Ask Erinn Sheridan about plant life in South America or the economic conditions of Asia, and chances are the Mount Airy Elementary pupil will have the answers you're looking for.

The fifth-grader is the winner of a school geography bee held Monday.

Erinn is one of 23 fourth- and fifth-grade students who make up the Geography Club. Under the leadership of teachers Andrea Bunting and Kathy Dixon, the club has been meeting after school since early December.

With the help of parent volunteers Deborah Mathias and Lori O'Steen, the children break into small groups to research geographical facts about each continent. The groups then share their information with the club.

As the school's winner, Erinn will take a test to qualify for the state geography bee. That competition is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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