Education briefs for May 25, 2011.

Fort Osage honored for seat belt usage

Fort Osage High School was named the winner in the Missouri Department of Transportation Battle of the Belt competition for having more than 92 percent of the students wearing their seat belt on the seat belt check day.

Battle of the Belt is a safety belt competition among Missouri high schools to encourage the use of safety belts among students.

Battle of the Belt was developed to reduce the number of motor-vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among Missouri high school students by increasing their safety belt use.

The program was originally brought to southwest Missouri by the Missouri Emergency Nurses Association and St. John’s Hospital. In 2006,

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, in conjunction with American Family Insurance, took the competition statewide.

Youth Entrepreneurs given $1,000 donation

Hawthorn Bank in Independence presented a $1,000 check to the Youth Entrepreneurs program in the Independence School District.

Funds donated to Youth Entrepreneurs will help with personal development workshops and field trips for the students involved in the program.

This is the first year for Youth Entrepreneurs in the Independence School District. The program teaches students how to develop a business plan and build the foundation for starting their own business.

All students must go through an application and interview process to be selected at each high school.

Students support young cancer patient

Students from several Lee’s Summit elementary schools have created cards for an Iowa child battling leukemia. Prairie View parent Kim Honeycutt created a Facebook page called “Mighty Max Low” to help publicize Max’s goal to receive one million cards from all over the world.

As of April 28, Max had reportedly received more than 180,000 cards.

At Prairie View, students from throughout the school participated, creating close to 900 cards.

Students at Underwood Elementary also created cards and mailed them to Max’s Iowa address.

In addition, students in the Kids Country before and after school care program at Longview Farm, Pleasant Lea, Hawthorn Hill, Summit Pointe, Greenwood, Trailridge and Mason Elementary created cards for Max. The Kids Country students created at least 200 cards.