Concordia High School’s Terin Rundus first got involved with the SAFE program two years ago when the student council saw a need at their school.
“The program SAFE stands for Seat Belts are For Everyone, and the goal of it is to reduce vehicle-related injuries and fatalities by encouraging seat belt use and educating students,” said Rundus. “Concordia High School was faced with the stark reality that change was needed to facilitate improved safety and compliance of seatbelt laws. Two years ago, our student council advisor, Dustin Bender, applied to have the program at our school. Our application was accepted and student council members have been conducting it.”
Rundus said the program has been very rewarding in many ways. From reaching new drivers to bringing awareness to the laws and rules of the road, she has enjoyed the opportunity to help her fellow students.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of SAFE is seeing the improvement of students and staff wearing their seatbelts. We conduct three sections of observations, and each section consists of two consecutive days. As the observations progress, more people wear their seatbelts and are less distracted,” said Rundus.
SAFE is not the only activity she’s involved in at Concordia. Rundus also participates in Language Club, Science Club, Friends of Rachel, STUCO, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Wellness Committee.
“I also participate in volleyball, basketball, and track & field,” said Rundus.
After graduating from Concordia in 2021, her plans start with going to college.
“After graduating from high school, I plan to attend Kansas State University and study in either the College of Health and Human Sciences or the College of Business,” said Rundus. Before her time has come to an end at Concordia, Rundus offers this sound advice to other students who may want to participate in SAFE.
“It is a beneficial program that encourages and educates people to practice vehicle safety. It helps track progress, through seatbelt use, over the span of a school year. There are also many incentives that can be received through the program such as prizes, speakers, and mock wrecks. For example, mock wrecks are eye opening for many students and their understanding of why it is so important to be buckled. By participating in this program, students can take comfort in knowing that they are helping to protect their family and friends.”