Going the extra mile



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The Colome Consolidated School District brought in Special Agent Kendra Hauck Russell of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation to speak about the importance of internet safety. This is a picture of Russell speaking to the students of Colome Schools.

By Colton Hall
Staff Writer

The Colome Consolidated School District continues to prepare its students for life outside of high school.

Aside from starting an FFA program this year, Colome has brought in powerful speakers like Amber Hulse (Miss South Dakota), and Kendra Hauck Russell of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

Hulse came in to talk to the students about their career future goals while Russell taught the kids about the importance of internet safety.

As if that weren’t enough to show the school district’s attempt to prepare its students for the future, Colome will be bringing in Army National Guard staff sergeant Chris McKinney on Tuesday, Dec.17 to teach self-defense to sixth grade through seniors.

Following the self-defense training, Colome will attend a Progressive ‘Ag’ safety day for the fourth and fifth grade on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The event will have stations that teach the students about seat belts, grain safety, tractor safety, gun safety, electrical safety, and chemical safety.

The safety day will be hosted by The Tripp County 4-H program.

On the same day, Colome is planning to attend a career exploration event which is dedicated to Healthcare, Business, Media Communications, Human Services (Law Enforcement & Early Childhood programs), and Welding. The event will be for grades 10-12.

It’s not just about teaching math or science, and it’s easy for a school to say that it wants to teach students about more than the curriculum. These events and speakers are proof that Colome is preparing its students for life after school.

“These life skills are important for the kids,” Colome Schools Principal Dr. Debbie O’Doan said. “We’re not just trying to give them an education in the classroom, but were trying to prepare them for everyday life. I always tell the students that my job isn’t just to teach them the skills that they need to know now, but it’s about teaching them the skills that they need to know after high school.”

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