Winter Escape Night proves successful

Winners from several drawings at the “Winter Escape Night” gather for a photo to show off their prizes. Eighty-nine Nemaha County middle school students attended the event, which was held on Saturday, February 3, at Netawaka Fitness Center.

By Ally Davis, WHS Student Correspondent

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Wetmore and Sabetha SADD chapters hosted a Winter Escape Night at the Netawaka Fitness Center for the middle schoolers of surrounding areas. About 100 combined middle school students from Nemaha Central, Centralia, Sabetha and Wetmore attended the event.

Sabetha SADD Sponsor Elysia McGill talks to the attendees of the “Winter Escape Night” held at Netawaka Fitness Center on Saturday, February 3. Eighty-nine Nemaha County middle school students attended the event.

These SADD chapters worked to promote a safe alternative to many destructive decisions some students may face. A “Pick Your Poison” display was set up, so students could learn what poisonous ingredients are in cigarettes, tobacco products and cigars. Underneath the pictures of ingredients found in these dangerous products were lists of other places they are found. For example, cigarettes contain arsenic, which is also found in rat poisoning. Acetone is found in nail polish remover. Ammonia is found in household cleaning products and sewer gases.

At this event, students participated in 10 stations around the fitness center. In the gym, there were obstacle courses that students who wore “drunk” goggles attempted to complete. To learn the effects of delayed reaction time being the wheel of a car, students tried to play on their cell phones while simultaneously playing Go Fish. In addition, students played the game Head Bands to laugh and get to know each other.

SADD sponsors for three of the four Nemaha County Schools gather for a group photo following the “Winter Escape Night” held at Netawaka Fitness Center on Saturday, February 3. Pictured are Maggie Hasenkamp, Nemaha Central; Staci Honas, Wetmore; and Elysia McGill, Sabetha.

In the cafeteria, students had pizza and lemonade, along with other assorted snacks throughout the night. In the turf room, there were stations to boost self-confidence and relieve stress. In the exercise room, students learned how to avoid and deny peer pressure by acting out different situations they may come across in their teenage life.

Throughout the night, students received slips of paper to use for a drawing at the end of the night. This drawing included a drone, two Sonic gift cards, two iTunes cards, four United 4 Youth t-shirts, and two pairs of earbuds.

Wetmore SADD Sponsor Staci Honas felt that the Winter Escape Night was a success.

“I thought it was well attended and the students seemed to have a good time,” Honas said.

Students from the Sabetha Middle and High Schools gather for a group photo after participating in the ‘Winter Escape Night” held at Netawaka Fitness Center on Saturday, February 3. The event was hosted by the Sabetha and Wetmore SADD Chapters and sponsored by United 4 Youth Countywide.
Students from the Wetmore Middle and High Schools gather for a group photo after participating in the ‘Winter Escape Night” held at Netawaka Fitness Center on Saturday, February 3. The event was hosted by the Sabetha and Wetmore SADD Chapters and sponsored by United 4 Youth Countywide.
Students from the Nemaha Central Middle and High Schools gather for a group photo after participating in the ‘Winter Escape Night” held at Netawaka Fitness Center on Saturday, February 3. The event was hosted by the Sabetha and Wetmore SADD Chapters and sponsored by United 4 Youth Countywide.
Students from the Centralia Middle and High Schools gather for a group photo after participating in the ‘Winter Escape Night” held at Netawaka Fitness Center on Saturday, February 3. The event was hosted by the Sabetha and Wetmore SADD Chapters and sponsored by United 4 Youth Countywide.

 

 

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