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Deputy District Attorney speaks at Mt. View High School

Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Josh Brown and Investigator Joe Scarry came to Mountain View High School in Burney on Wednesday morning November 14 to give a slide presentation on numerous issues such as cyber security, identity theft, sexting, cyber bullying, child pornography, stealing, and sex with  minors. About two dozen students and teachers from Mt. View and Soldier Mountain High Schools and Burney and Fall River Community Day Schools were present for the presentation.

Deputy DA Brown engages in discussion with students

When asked “What does the District Attorney do?” Deputy Brown explained that he prosecutes crimes, determines what crimes have been committed, and sends cases to court.

As he showed the slides, Deputy Brown asked questions and engaged the students in discussion. Brown explained various laws and their application and students openly and honestly expressed their experiences and opinions.

The group discussed a person’s “Digital Footprint.” Anyone who uses the internet, posts on social media, makes online purchases, or opens an account creates an online record. This digital footprint can be used by cyber predators  with a negative agenda.

Investigator Scarry stated, “Once you post something, you lose control. The risk of identification theft grows higher, the more online accounts one has.”

Talking about privacy, Brown emphasized that even if a person’s Facebook or Instagram account is marked private, once a person’s friends have access to information they can make it public.

Negative aspects of sexting (sharing sexually explicit messages) can have negative and embarrassing consequences well into the future affecting peoples employment and other relationships. Examples include not being able to own a gun, fewer job opportunities, and if you are an adult, you will have to register as a sex offender, if convicted. Sexting with a minor is considered child pornography.

Minors who sext between other minors is a growing problem, because not only does this put adolescents at risk for social ridicule and cyber-bullying, but it opens up ways for sexual predators to victimize young people.

Possession of child pornography is a felony. Brown advised people that if they received unsolicited child pornography they should report it to local law enforcement.

Child pornography statute

Sexual relations between an adult and a minor was also addressed. It is a crime. The adult is responsible even if the minor misrepresents their age. The law is designed to protect minors and hold adults accountable for knowing the age of their partners.

Deputy AG Brown and Inspector Scarry talk with students

In a lively exchange on theft, Brown emphasized that stealing another person’s property is never all right. Several students made the point that if people were careless or irresponsible with their property they were also partly “at fault.” Brown responded that the carelessness of a victim does not excuse theft. For example, it is not all right or legal to take something from a car if they left the door unlocked or to take something that somebody accidentally left behind when they left a room.

Investigator Scarry told the students that his job was to thoroughly investigate each incident to determine the truth. If a crime was committed, investigation might determine that charges were warranted or exculpatory evidence might emerge which would tend to clear  an accused person of a charge of fault or guilt.

Brown explained that prosecutors need to decide what cases to prosecute. Generally, a prosecutor will not charge a person unless they feel that they have a strong enough case to convince a jury that the person is guilty.

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“Operation Warm Winter” warming up

For the past ten years, Operation Warm Winter, a community service ministry of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA), has been providing quality new winter coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school children. In addition, at an annual GIVEAWAY, people in need can come for gently worn hats, gloves, jackets, and blankets. This year’s Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY will be Thursday, December 6 at the WOLA gym located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

The program was initiated in 2007 by Stephanie Pruitt when she found out that some children in the Burney schools could not go outside for recess because they did not have warm winter coats or boots.

Last year, 76 children received new coats and boots. In addition, 86 people came for the annual GIVEAWAY for winter clothing.

This year, Burney High School student Kira Hernandez is working to organize the program for her Senior Project. Ms. Hernandez is working together with WOLA Secretary Kathy Newton.

Burney Elementary School helps to identify children and notify parents to sign up in advance so that Operation Warm Winter can purchase jackets and boots to suit individual needs.

The purchase of the jackets and boots is made possible by donations from church members and the community. A major fundraiser for the program the past few years has been the Ohio Northern University Choir concert held in the late Spring.

The winter clothing for the GIVEAWAY is also donated by members of the community. Ms. Hernandez is setting up collection boxes around town for people to donate clean gently used items.

Kathy Newton said, “I love being part of a church that centers on loving God and loving people. This is a really great way to demonstrate that!”

People in the community who would like to participate by donating clothing or funds or who would like more information about the program, please call 530-335-4419.

In the Gospel of Matthew 25:40, Jesus says “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

See also:

Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children
Operation Warm Winter gives out warm clothing

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Red Ribbon Breakfast at Burney Elementary

Early in the morning on Friday October 25, Burney Lions were out in the cool air grilling pancakes and sausages for a preschool Red Ribbon breakfast.

Lions Kenny Hiller, Scott Nedved, Rick Dougherty, Zach Harper, and Cory Daum flipping cakes in the early morn

The community breakfast, sponsored by the Burney PTA, was part of Red Ribbon Week, a “celebration for students choosing to be drug free.”

Folks line up for pancakes and sausages

Fifth grade teacher Stacey Bower organized this week’s activities. Teachers and PTA members helped to serve the meal.

Burney Elementary Teachers Amber Urlie, Stacey Bower, and Jenny Arsenau

The theme for this year was “Life is a Journey. Travel Drug Free.” The weeks activities began with a flag salute at the flag pole. During the week, every class in the elementary school prepared a red ribbon to hang in the hall.

Each elementary school class made a red ribbon

Speaking of the breakfast, Bower said, “We are very fortunate to have the partnership with the Lions. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to come into the school.”

In addition to parents, children, teachers, friends, and school supporters, several Raiders’ cheerleaders from Burney High School came to add pep to the gathering.

Raiders cheerleaders Brianna and Clarissa came to cheer kids on

It was a great way to start a day on the journey of life.

A red ribbon table full of happy faces

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Soldier Mt. and Mt. View students attend Shasta College Preview Day

On October 5, seventeen Soldier Mt. High School and Mt. View High School students attended the Shasta College Preview Day. They were accompanied by their teachers Jeff Earnest and Becky Mock and Administrative Secretary Shaun Davis.

Shasta College Preview Day provides high school students who may be interested in attending Shasta Community College with information about academic programs, application, enrollment, tuition costs, and financial assistance. Altogether 450 students attended this year’s event at the college theatre.

Soldier Mt. High School student Chris Herrera being interviewed about his future goals photo courtesy of Becky Mock

The FRJUSD students sat in the front row. Eva Jimenez, Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development acted as presenter for the program. She encouraged audience participation and 3 FRJUSD students willingly participated.

Many of the students had never been to Shasta College. Some had not thought about the possibility of attending college. Students learned about the “Shasta College Promise” program which provides free tuition for the first year for first-time, full-time students. They also learned about a Shasta Promise Program that assists students who previously may not have been able to attend school for financial reasons.

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Elders share Pit River Nation history and culture at Montgomery Creek School

On October 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, Montgomery Creek School held a program celebrating Native American heritage.

Elementary teacher Tracey Liceiro helped to organize the event. Former Shasta Lake Mayor Rod Lindsay delivered the invocation. Mr. Lindsay serves as executive director of the Local Indians for Education (LIFE).

School Board Member and Pit River Tribe Elder Jessica Jim and Elder Florence Moran opened with presentations in which they shared about Pit River history and language.

Chief Caleen Sisk, a Winnenmum Wintu, spoke eloquently about the salmon and ended her presentation with a song. Helene Sisk, Ida Riggins, and Jessica Jim joined in to teach the children the “Big Foot Song.”

A story teller shared a tale full of humor and involvement that delighted the kids.

Then the trophy-winning dancers, Thundering Moccasins, danced their Pow Wow moves. Several of the children and presenters joined in, moving to the beat of the drums.

April Carmelo, also from LIFE center, presented Caleen Sisk, Florence Moran and Jessica Jim with beautiful Native books.

The day ended with drawing and coloring blank paper cutouts of salmon to hang on a wire fence for all too see.

The K-8 school is the first in Shasta County to replace Columbus Day with a day to honor Native American people. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations have become popular throughout the nation and the Pit River Tribe passed a resolution declaring Pit River Nations Day an annual holiday in 2015. This is the second year that Montgomery Creek School has celebrated the day.

Ms. Jim expressed her gratitude to the Montgomery Creek School Board of Trustees and April Carmelo and Rod Lindsey for honoring Pit River culture and history and hosting the presentations at the school on this day

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Schools Celebrate Walk to School Day with New Crosswalks and Sidewalks

from Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Coordinator:

Sixteen Shasta County schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Local elected officials, principals and parents will lead “walking school buses,” where groups of students will walk to school that day.

This 22nd annual International Walk to School Day is expected to include students from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Walk to School Day events create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance nature plays on our physical and mental health, pedestrian safety, decreased traffic congestion and reduced air pollution. “International Walk to School Day is a reminder of an additional transportation choice to get kids to school. Kids enjoy this event and often ask if they can walk to school more often,” says Sara Sundquist, Shasta Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. Some schools use daily walking school buses as a transportation option that ensures getting students to school on time. The Shasta Safe Routes to School Program offers resources and assistance on starting walking school buses.

Schools participating in Shasta County include Anderson Heights, Anderson Middle School, Burney Elementary, Columbia, Cypress, Junction, Happy Valley Primary, Manzanita, Meadow Lane, Millville, Rother, Sequoia, Shasta Lake School, Shasta Meadows, Sycamore, and Turtle Bay. More than 1,500 students, parents and community leaders will gather at specific locations to walk to school together. As always, drivers should be on alert for children walking near school zones.1

Junction Elementary will celebrate new sidewalks and crosswalks recently completed on Deschutes Road with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Shasta County Public Works was awarded Active Transportation Program funding to make improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists by adding sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks with median islands and flashing beacons. The project will be completed in time for Walk to School Day and will be celebrated by students and their families who live within walking distance of the school.

Walk to School Day is organized by the Shasta County Safe Routes to School program, which works with schools to improve pedestrian safety and to promote walking to school. To assist with this event or start a walking school bus at your school, contact Sara Sundquist at (530) 245-6457.

For additional information, please visit these web sites:

Healthy Shasta                                                 www.healthyshasta.org/saferoutes.htm

International Walk to School in the USA                              www.walkbiketoschool.org

National Center for Safe Routes to School                              www.saferoutesinfo.org

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Rotary Club providing mentoring for first through third graders

Press release from Bob Jehn at Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Oct 4:

Since the fall of 2014, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River has been quietly
engaged in a program at both Burney and Fall River Elementary Schools
that provides mentoring to first through third grade students.

Rotarian Sally Armstrong talks with third-grade student Brylee at Fall River Elementary School.

The idea for the venture was originally conceived by Rotarian Sally Armstrong as a way to teach table manners to the elementary level students, but quickly morphed into an avenue to provide a sounding board for the children in the form of a non-judgmental adult. School counsellors have lauded the positive changes in some children because of the program.

Students who were quiet and didn’t interact with others have become more
outgoing and interactive, and students who were loud and boisterous have
learned that they are able to garner attention in other more acceptable
ways.

Rotarian Marcia Kerns interacts with students Saul, Delani and Kaedin.

Students who participate in the program are chosen by the school behavior
paraprofessionals, Jeanine Ferguson in Burney and Sheri Crane in Fall
River. Rotarians visit each school once a week at lunchtime, Tuesdays in Burney and Wednesdays in Fall River. It seems that being chosen to sit at
the “Rotary Table” at lunchtime is considered an honor by the students, and many lobby their teachers and counselor for the opportunity. Typically, three Rotarians sit with 8-10 students each week and ask them how their day is going while engaging the students in conversation about a variety of topics.

Rotarian Marlene McArthur with student Ryder

The Rotary Club plans to continue the program indefinitely, as long as it
provides a benefit to the students and the community. The Rotary Club of
Burney-Fall River was chartered in 1974 and currently has 43 members of
the community who are active in the Club. The Club also sponsors two
Interact Clubs, one at each High School. Interact is an organization for
students ages 12-18 who perform community service and promote
international understanding.

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