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Sept. 28, 2015
HCC secures funds for car seat safety signs
WELDON, N.C. – Studies show that 73percent of the car seats installed in vehicles in America are installed incorrectly, and that a child properly installed in a car seat reduces the chance of death by 71percent (Safe kids, 2015). In an effort to help make the children of the Roanoke Valley safer, Halifax Community College (HCC) has recently taken possession of four portable signs paid for through the BuckleUpNC program to help support the HCC car seat installation program. The competitive grant was to purchase equipment to help organizations better promote and provide car seat checks for their community.

HCC became involved in the BuckleUpNC program in March of 2015 when, with the cooperation of NC Office of State Fire Marshall (NCOSFM), HCC provided a four-day credentialed training to area public safety professionals on how to properly check and install car seats in vehicles. Two HCC employees, Emmett Smith and Kevin Kupietz, went through the class with other area responders to become certified technicians.

HCC moved forward to obtain a permanent car seat checking station designation. This designation allowed HCC to receive a grant for car seats and later this grant for signs. HCC is currently assisting other area agencies to achieve their permanent checking station status as well.

Interested individuals can schedule a free car seat check at HCC by contacting HCC security at 252-536-2551. Halifax Community College has also partnered with the Halifax County Health Department, Halifax County Child Protection Team and others to help found a safe-kids coalition in Halifax County. If you or your group would like to help with this initiative, or have any other questions concerning safe kids issues, please contact Emmett Smith or Kevin Kupietz at 252-536-2551.
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Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239