Education briefs for Oct. 12, 2013: Red Ribbon Week starts today

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National drug prevention campaign Red Ribbon Week is scheduled to run from Monday to Oct. 29. The effort, one of the largest anti-drug programs in the country, teaches people of all ages about the dangers of illegal drugs and the illegal use of legal drugs.

Moffat County schools regularly have celebrated the week by distributing the titular red ribbons, as well as offering numerous activities to increase awareness.

For more information, visit redribbonweek.com or www.drugsrdumb.com.

Student news: Moffat County High School grad receives college grant

Isadora Hitz, of Craig, recently received the Foundation Scholar grant in the amount of $2,000 for the 2013-14 academic year. Hitz, 19, is a 2012 Moffat County High School graduate and a sophomore at Fort Lewis College majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a teacher education option.

Hitz also has received scholarships from National Federation of the Blind and the organization’s Colorado branch to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher for the visually impaired. She also has worked with multiple outlets that work with blind children.

The Fort Lewis College Foundation holds and administers more than 70 donor scholarships with varied criteria based on merit, need, passion, goals and accomplishments. Students must fully qualify and apply each year in order to receive any one of these elite scholarships.

Tips for teen drivers

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 20 to 26. This year's theme is "It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving." Here are some tips to promote the important role you and your teen play in developing a safe skilled driver:

• The three-second rule: Most crashes happen in about three seconds — not a lot of time to recognize and avoid a driving hazard. If you are distracted by your phone or friends or are speeding, you might not have time to react.

• Provide your teen with 65 or more hours of supervised driving practice. This total may seem daunting, but you can do it. Parent involvement cuts teen crash risk in half.

• Create the right learning environment. You and your teen need to discuss and set clear expectations for each other. This means staying calm, being respectful and giving appropriate and timely feedback.

• Teach your teen critical driving skills. A recent study also found that 75 percent of serious teen crashes were because of a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes: driving too fast for road conditions, being distracted and failing to detect a hazard.

• Develop house rules for your teen's first year of independent driving. As your teen follows the rules and shows maturity, consider increasing driving privileges.

For more information, visit coloradodot.info/programs/colorado-teen-drivers or teendriversource.org/for_parents.

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