PHS Hosts Spring Fest

Friday, March 23, 2018
Mark Vavak (left) and Cpl. Michael Tompkins of the Arkansas State Police presented the session on internet predators and sexting at the PHS spring fest.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Piggott High School hosted Spring Fest on Friday, March 16, with presentations and special events going on throughout the day. What is now known as Spring Fest was begun several years ago, and over the course of time has grown into a joint educational effort. Throughout the day the students, broken-down by classes, moved from station to station with a presenter at each location offering pertinent information on such subjects as drug abuse, tobacco cessation and internet predators. During the afternoon things were a bit lighter, though, as a dodge ball tournament was held.

With different offerings for the various age groups, the classes at PHS began the process of visiting each of the stations around 9:30 Friday morning—moving to the next location after about an hour. Organizers had originally planned to hold the “Mohawks Got Talent” show to begin the day, but the event was called-off due to lack of participation.

Members of the Piggott High School chapter of the FFA manned two stations, providing information about various projects and efforts and on electric safety with assistance from the Clay County Electric Cooperative. Nearby, in the PHS library, information on drugs was provided with an emphasis on opioids.

The presenter of “Chasing the Dragon” was Brad Harvey, of the FBI, and he was assisted throughout the day by Patrolman Sam Poole of the Piggott Police Department and Justin Jackson of the CCSO. Together they provided educational information on the dangers of abusing such drugs, and advice on avoiding those who use them.

The UAMS stroke tent was set up in the middle gym, and was brought to the Spring Fest by Suzanne White, RN, Nurse Educator with the ARCARES stroke prevention program. Assisting her throughout the event were Robyn Ballard and Linda Payne with Piggott Community Hospital.

The Piggott High School band room was pressed into service as the location for presentations on earthquake readiness and response. Providing the information were Hilda Booth and Lance Wallis, earthquake readiness community health specialists from the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative.

They used a slide presentation, and visual aides, in explaining how earthquakes affect the region and the damage they can inflict on homes, businesses and the infrastructure.

The upper classes also participated in sessions concerning sexting and internet predators, hosted by Mark Vavak and Michael Tompkins of the Arkansas State Police. Those sessions were held in the new PHS cafeteria.

All of the classes were also educated on the dangers of tobacco, with emphasis on both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, by staff from the Clay County Health Department. The presentation also reviewed the matter of “vaping” and pointed to the dangers associated with the practice.

Organizers offered their thanks to all those who made the event possible, along with a variety of local business sponsors.

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