Etcetera - 10/01/10

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During the first full week of September, Providence St. Mary Medical Center offered more than 60 Pioneer Middle School coaches and student athletes training on concussions.

They attended a free ImPact Concussion Management in Sports program offered by Tim Conley with the hospital. Participation was strictly voluntary, according to the Sept. 10 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

A 20-minute test measured the students' cognitive functions, reaction time and memory.

Should one of them ever experience a concussion, they will be given the same test at the appropriate time to measure any changes and help physicians provide the best possible care, the item said.

"Concussion Management in Sports is something for which we are very strong advocates at Providence St. Mary Medical Center," said Tim, who is director of Occupational Health and Rehabilitation. "The more we can educate the athletes, coaches, administrators and parents, the better we can prevent or lessen the impact of these debilitating injuries."

According to Pioneer Principal Dana Jones the ImPact program was well received.

"Mr. Conley provided our coaches with an excellent class regarding concussion injuries," she said.

"Our coaches were very impressed with his knowledge and felt his presentation was valuable and well done."

District Athletic Director Don Wilkins said Walla Walla High School is also enrolled in the ImPact Concussion program to test all student-athletes and Garrison Middle School is also making arrangements to participate in ImPact.

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A $500 state grant will make it possible for Sharpstein Elementary School to re-outfit its student safety patrol team, reported the Sept. 17 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online.

In a grant request, Sharpstein Principal Matt Bona and Secretary Barbara Brown explained how the school is near two busy streets and in need of more equipment.

Grant funds will provide new high-visibility traffic safety vests, red STOP wand signs and flashlight wands for winter use.

Other district schools are pursuing grant requests to improve school zone safety equipment.

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Julie M. Luce of College Place earned an associate in science degree in nursing from Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y.

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Folks interested in volunteering with Little Theatre of Walla Walla may not be able to reach a contact mentioned in this column recently, because the e-mail address was incorrect. To volunteer with the organization, contact Brian Sheridan at brian.sheridan@ltww.org .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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