Middle School students compete in the Battle of the Belts

two students buckling up in a car
Auto accidents are the number one killer of teenagers and two-thirds of teens who die those accidents were not wearing their seat belt.

Team after team lined up, waiting for their turn to battle it out in race to buckle up. The Battle of the Belts is a competition aimed at educating kids about the importance of using a seatbelt, in a memorable and engaging way. Leading up to the school competition on April 26, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School Assistant Principal Cynthia Herron revealed seatbelt facts to students each day.

student smiles as they run around a car

Middle school students practiced their runs for weeks leading up to the big event: competing for the best time, best t-shirt design and best team name in the school. The teams with the top run times then competed at the Regional competition, where two RCS teams, “Crashers” and “The Divas” ran and buckled their way to Runner Up and Second Runner Up positions.

“The event brought our school community together in such a positive way,” Herron said. “It takes a lot of people to bring a school-wide event together, the enthusiasm from the staff and students was contagious.”

student puts on fire gearThe Coeymans Hollow Fire Department was also on hand to demonstrate how to put on fire gear. And, New York State Troopers presented a roll over simulation.

“We hope to make this an annual event each year and seek more ways to include the greater community.” Herron said.