NIOC Hosts Safety Fair

Navy Information Operations Command(NIOC) Sugar Grove, W.Va., hosted a Safety, Health and Environmental Fair on base April 19, 2012.

The fair hosted a series of vendors and activities designed to raise safety and environmental awareness for local fourth-grade students.

“It is the annual field trip for three of the area's county schools' fourth grade students,” said Kathryn Morton, NIOC Sugar Grove safety specialist and fair coordinator. “The [base] service members’ dependants and home-schooled children are also encouraged to attend,” she said.

More than two-hundred people visited the fair, which was the 18th annual for NIOC Sugar Grove.

“We had 23 exhibiters participate this year, including representatives from the Virginia and West Virginia State Police, the Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Harrisonburg and Rockingham Fire Departments, Monongahela National Forest, Quantico Dental Clinic, Pendleton County Health Department and the Luray Rescue Zoo,” Morton said.

The exhibits provided interactive and educational activities for the students regarding many areas, including hunting, outdoor recreation and fire safety. Computerized driving games, fatal vision goggles and a motorcycle simulator lined the gymnasium edges as the grade-schoolers roamed from vendor to vendor. In the center of the gym stood a large replica cave, a geologic feature common to West Virginia.

“We want to get kids interested in caves,” said Cindy Sandeno, cave manager for Monongahela National Forest. “It’s great for them to learn about different habitats and animals that exist within these caves, which are so prevalent in West Virginia.” These activities were supplemented by roving recognizable costumed characters (such as the "crash test dummies" Vince and Larry, Smokey Bear, Eddie Eagle and McGruff the crime dog) entertaining the youth and providing them with health and safety-conscious messages in the course of their interaction.

“This is an amazing, fun and educational family event for the entire community,” Morton added.

According to Morton, one student was heard saying, “I am going to fail fourth grade so I can come to this again next year!”

Story and Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class(SW) Joel Carlson, NIOC Sugar Grove Public Affairs

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Last Modified: 23 OCT 2012
Last Reviewed: 23 OCT 2012