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INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS

 

 

1) The program's general theme is 'Ride with Respect' - Our activities drive home the message to Ride with Respect for Yourself, your Machine, for Others, and for the Land. By highlighting how the careless use of off-road vehicles can disrupt families, communities and eco-systems we hope that students will make the connection that respectful riding is the best way to ensure a great ride today and for many years to come.  

 

2) Off-road equipment gives riders tremendous access and freedom. Sometimes we get caught up in the activity and get careless and overlook rules and guidelines. The Safe Rider program reminds students that these rules and guidelines are in place in response to repeated accident patterns.

 

Off-Road Vehicle and Off-Highway Vehicle are both terms used to refer to any motorized equipment that are operated off of the roads. These include snowmobiles, quads, side by sides and motor bikes or dirt bikes. 

 

3) We believe that by working with youth in school assemblies we will succeed in getting peer pressure to work on the side of safety, not only with their own peers but youth can pressure adults into more appropriate behaviour as well!

 

4) With our younger audiences we focus on helmets, proper clothing and safety gear, adult supervision, riding the right sized machine, as well as simple riding skills and hand signals. We also show how doubling on an off-road vehicle can be dangerous and how we should take turns on the equipment instead. Side by sides are becoming very popular for families. They are safe passenger machines providing everyone buckles up and wears all their safety gear.

 

5) Students are introduced to Avalanche Canada and the need for formal avalanche courses to prevent accidents and to invest in rescue gear, training and practice.  No matter if we are backcountry snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, hiking or even tobogganing there is an introductory level of avalanche awareness that is necessary.

 

6) Older students participate in group activities to share stories of off-road vehicle accidents. We encourage them to break down each accident to highlight the short and long term consequences of the situation as well as the contributing factors such as speed, lack of protective gear, steep terrain, darkness, impaired driving… Most accidents are the result of a series of factors and once we break this down older students can see the patterns that contribute to the loss of control or the lack of awareness that ultimately leads to most injuries and fatalities. This helps students realize that in most cases a few small changes to the way that we ride would reduce the risks substantially yet still lead to a great time. 

 

 

RECENT EDUCATOR COMMENTS

I was very impressed with the content and facilitator. Interactive activities were very helpful for engaging students. All of the material was relevant and current and easy to understand. Great for students! Nothing to improve! The instructor was excellent. Just keep sharing you knowledge! Awesome Job! Safety starts start with education and exposure to proper information. Overall presentation was great!!

-T. Molnar, FCSS Director, Swan Hills, AB   Senior High - February 2018
 

 

Provided much needed reinforcement of what the kids already know. I think some of them really thought about what the consequences of their behavior could be. Many of our students are quadders, snowmobilers and need to be reminded of what their actions could cause. The presenters did an excellent job keeping them engaged. This is a tough group - mostly adolescent boys - they are in the invincible stage and I could never get this to happen! Definitely recommend this program! Anything we can do to try to keep our kids safe is very important. Making good choices is something we need to keep emphasizing.

-Education Assistant, Thornhild, AB   High School Students - January 2018
 

Provided much needed reinforcement of what the kids already know. I think some of them really thought about what the consequences of their behavior could be. Many of our students are quadders, snowmobilers and need to be reminded of what their actions could cause. The presenters did an excellent job keeping them engaged. This is a tough group - mostly adolescent boys - they are in the invincible stage and I could never get this to happen! Definitely recommend this program! Anything we can do to try to keep our kids safe is very important. Making good choices is something we need to keep emphasizing.

-Education Assistant, Thornhild, AB   High School Students - January 2018

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The speaker was very engaging. the message was clear and impactful. The skit, the questions, action, videos etc. all helped to maintain focus. Presenter and presentation 5/5! Yes I would like to see this back in my school, many of our students are on these vehicles. The message is impactful, the time was used well and the students were challenged to think critically about safety.

- Teacher, Namao School, Sturgeon County, AB   Junior High Students – January 2018

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Great info! As a parent or teacher we tell kids but it is great hearing it from another source. Very hands-on and visual. Wow, wonderful examples. Loved how you had students "pretend" to drive. The students were engaged the whole time. The presenter was very knowledgeable. She had the students get the wiggles out. Most certainly I want this back in my school. Very important for rural areas. Many students have access to OHV's."</em>

-T. Palamarek, Teacher,  A.L Horton Elementary School, Vegreville, AB    Elementary Students – November 2017
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Presenter, videos, equipment and interactions were great and very beneficial. From an educational perspective the slides were well done, key info, fill in the blanks, all great! Visually attracting.  I can't really think of anything to improve on!

-Teacher, Grande Cache Community School, Grande Cache, AB   High School Students – December 2017

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Polished presentation, excellent presenter, highly interactive, appropriate for age level, great sound system/volume, allowed student movement/sharing stories and experiences. Very nicely done presentation. Presenter did a very good job of maintaining student's attention.  Totally at ease presenting to and working with younger audiences.  I would like to see this program every year in our school, OHVs are part of life here. This is an invaluable educational opportunity for our students!

-A. Cota, Teacher, Sun Rise Christian Program , Grande Cache, AB   Elementary Students – December 2017

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The presenter did a phenomenal job keeping the students interested and engaged in learning the material. There was a variety of learning strategies used and a knowledgeable presenter which made for an overall powerful presentation. This is relevant and important for students of our little mountain town to know!  I was 100% satisfied with all the topics covered no need for improvement!

-T. Munroe, Teacher, Summitview School, Grande Cache, AB     Junior High Students – December 2017


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There was time for sharing experiences/stories, students were actively involved and engaged in scenarios, good videos and machines to observe. There was a great explanation as to why we have safety manuals, good videos that were not graphic, great use of props. The presenter was clear and made sure students were listening and engaged. She was very knowledgeable about the topic of the presentation. The topic was very relevant and students were able to be involved in the presentation rather than just listening.

-Teacher, Teepee Creek School, Teepee Creek, AB   Junior High  Students - December 2017

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Presenter spoke clearly had a great rapport with students and a good knowledge level. She moved the presentation along swiftly keeping high interest. Presentation style 5+++/5!! Presenter communication skills and ability to relate and engage 5+++/5! So many families in the north have these machines and is very relevant and real and can save lives!

-Teacher, St. Mary's Catholic School, Sexsmith, AB   High School Students – December 2017

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The information shared was very informative, the presenter kept the kids engaged and there was a lot of interaction and activities for the students.  Very informative, the off-road vehicles appealed and related to the students.  I think they covered everything that needed to be covered.  Amazing presentation!   Students were drawn by Lori's experiences with movie stunts, 4x4 racing, and mountain sledding.  She spoke clearly and kept the students engaged. I think all grades would benefit from learning about the dangers on OHVs without precautions. The presentation covers a lot of the dangers that relate to off-roading and snow avalanches.

-Mrs. Lechett, Teacher, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Kingman, AB   High School Students – December 2017

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Fast-paced, relevant, concrete examples, good use of media. Having sat through dozens of hours of health and safety meetings and presentations that were mind-numbingly boring, this was a welcomed change!  It was very beneficial! The visual aids helped make the material more relevant and relatable to the kids, as well as Lori's personal anecdotes. Lori's manner of speaking did not come across as lecturing, but felt as though someone who had been through it and was sharing their stories.  I think the program was very effective and I can't think of any suggestions for improvements. It was evident that Lori wasn't simply someone hired to do the presentation but someone who spoke with authority and experience.  She was a very engaging speaker too! Many of our students come from farm families, and have grown up around machinery and some may take for granted the dangers of operating machinery. Yes I'd recommend this program, it forces students to rethink how they view recreational vehicles. Essential for any rural schools!

-R.Bowick, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Kingman, AB   High School Students – December 2017

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Clear, fast-paced, opportunity for student movement and involvement! Lots of ATV's and snowmobiles used in our area. I enjoyed variety of the topics with lots of change in the presentation style - not just lecture.  Real objects as display and props were useful, the accident videos were really powerful! The presenter was engaging, approachable, and had great management of student behavior. The presenter did not come off as superior or condescending. I would like to see this program back in our school, very important info presented clearly. This was very engaging, presented in a manner kids can relate to. The students listened and were attentive and wanting to be involved!

-L. Burden, Teacher, Killam Public School, Killam, AB        Junior High Students – December 2017

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Lots of variety of information sharing - great interactions. 5/5 Very beneficial! Great information provided. Even those that don't ride OHVs will remember something.  I liked that you had the kids acting, working in groups, moving about.  Great videos and information. Fabulous presenter and presentation!   Information was relevant for the grade levels attending. Thank you for separating the grade levels (4-6) so it could be made relevant and age appropriate.

-G. Stanger, Teacher, J.C Charyk School, Hanna, AB    Elementary Students – December 2017

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Explained well, provided pictures, got students to move and volunteer.  Provided pictures which is great, brought students up to sit on machines and to do activities. 5/5! The presenter was nice and loud, good body language. Very relevant in our community. Good info for students to be aware of. I would recommend this program to other schools!  Hits health outcomes!

-Teacher, Dr. Folkins School, Chauvin, AB   Elementary Students – November 2017
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You kept their attention throughout the whole presentation with lots of movement breaks. Very beneficial program!  Big screens and hands-on equipment was perfect!  The presenter was very engaging and personable.  OHV safety is an issue facing my community and this program is very relevant.  It concerns me greatly that some of my students ride unsafely and without adult supervision.  Excellent program!! So needed in rural Alberta.  Thank you!!

-B. Chapman, Teacher, Dr. Folkins School, Chauvin, AB   Elementary School Students – November 2017
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Related to kids, kept it at their level. Got them up and moving, very interactive. Kept their attention by changing pace and lots of activities. Many use these machines so this is good/important info for them to have. Yes, I’d recommend this program, aids in life skills development and overall safety of school and community.

-R. Zezula, Teacher, Caroline School, Caroline, AB    Elementary School Students - November 2017
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Very knowledgeable and could relate well to the students, as most of them are also from a rural background. Easy to read and see.  A variety of media made it more interesting to the students.  She was very well spoken and engaging!  Excellent presenter. This program is very relevant to this community.  I would recommend this program to other schools!

-C.Caron, Teacher,  David Thompson School, Condor, AB    Junior High Students – November 2017
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Teacher Comments:

 

I like how the presentation involved the students throughout. The information provided applied to their lives so it made the presentation authentic.Yes, I would like to see this program presented in future years at our school. I believe that presentations such as this are a great step toward prevention.  Ms. Randell

Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School – Four presentations in a gymnasium to 500 students from Grades 7-12.  Teacher Comments: I felt the presentation was delivered in an interactive fashion that allowed students to feel in control of their learning. I felt that the information was very beneficial and very relevant to our students. ATVing and snowmobiling are high risk activities for youth in our community.The presenter did an excellent job of keeping the large group engaged.  E. Keegan

The Safe Rider program presented by Lori Zacaruk of the Alberta Snowmobile Association was perfect for our Grade 7-12 school. It focused on the core concepts that OHV users need to know in order to participate in these activities safely. The information was presented in a clear and age appropriate manner and that included a good balance of story telling, audience participation, multimedia, data presentation and instructions. Definitely an enjoyable presentation that impacted students in a positive way.

Adam Argento (Outdoor Education Teacher)

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