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October 25, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Flood resumes post as SRO BY PATTI CARPENTER Lovell Police Officer Jessica Flood has returned to her post as school re- source officer for School District No. 2. Flood was SRO for five years and left the position to work as an officer in the department. "I've only been out of the position for two years, so a lot of the kids are the same, they are just a lit- tle older now," said Flood. "It's been nice to see how much they have grown and changed in that time." Her job is more than just making sure the kids are secure, it's also about letting them know that help is there for them if needed, she said. "It makes us not scary to them, because if they know one of us, they feel like they know all of us be- cause we all wear the same uniform," explained Flood. "The uniform is always the same, so they get adjusted to that." Flood makes her rounds daily, visiting all three schools in the district. She tries to stay visible and she makes an effort to interact with as many students as she can on a regular basis. "When they do need us it's sometimes during a re- ally scary part of their lives, so for them to be able to make that connection ear- ly on and recognize us as someone who can help is COURTESY PHOTO School resource officer Jessica Flood shows a group of elementary school children the inside of a police car. very important," she said. "It makes a big difference." Flood also does educa- tional presentations on a variety of subjects in the classroom. "We go into the class- room and teach whatever they want us to," she said. Flood said working with the kids is fun and she enjoys the preventa- tive aspect of her work. "They ask about 100 questions at one time," said Flood. "Of course, they want to know if you've ever shot anybody and they want to compare us to TV. We set them straight on that. We're not like TV, we're not al- ways driving our cars 100 mph. It's more like, some- times I'll hold your hand when you cross the street or tie your shoelaces if they need to be tied. Af- ter we straighten them out on that, they don't think we're action figures anymore." Flood said that en- countering an officer on a regular basis at the school helps the children feel like they can approach an offi- cer at any time, especially in a time of crisis. "When kids come to me with a problem they are having at home, we can deal with it in a safe environment," said Flood. Flood has been with the Lovell Police Depart- ment since 2004. She en- joys her position as SRO because she feels she can really make a difference in the lives of the children. "What I like is that the SRO job is proactive, whereas law enforcement a lot of times is reactive," said Flood. Thackeray joins BY PATTI CARPENTER Alana Thackeray is the new Family and Consumer Science teacher for Big Horn County School District No. 2 schools. Thackeray is no stranger to students in the district. She has been a sub- stitute teacher for 13 years and the district's FCCLA advisor for several years. She has a bachelor's de- gree in household econom- ics and management from Utah State University and is currently taking an on- line course through Mon- tana State University in Bozeman to update her teaching endorsements. She expects to complete the on- line course in approximate- ly two years and plans to continue for an additional year to obtain her master's degree. According to Thacker- ay, "there's a lot more to these courses than cook- ing and baking." Technolo- gy has changed and careers can evolve from these sub- ject areas. Thackeray is teaching at both the high school and the middle school levels. At the high school level she is teaching the clothing and textiles class this semester and will be teaching an in- terior design course. She also teaches nutrition for District No. Two Alana Thackeray family and child develop- ment classes. Thackeray said the sec- ond semester focuses more on occupational type work like food services and day care work. At the middle school level she will be teaching "life skills" courses. The life skills courses cover topics like self-esteem, decision- making, health and well- ness, nutrition, child de- velopment and careers. All eighth-graders are required to take the course. "Basically these class- es give students some life skills that they can use when they get out in the real world," said Thackeray. teaching staff Thackeray is teaching 52 students in the middle school. In the high school, she works with more than 40 students. She has about a dozen students in each course, which usually is about one hour long. "The smaller class siz- es make it easier to do more hands-on projects with the students," said Thackeray. She has about 22 stu- dents who are active par- ticipants in the FCCLA program. "I'm excited about the fact that because I am now the teacher, I can touch base with FCCLA mem- bers about their projects because the same students are often in my classes," said Thackeray. Thackeray said she is enjoying getting to know her students on a different level. "When you're the sub it's one thing, when you're the teacher it's your class- room and the students know the difference," said Thackeray. "I hope to in- spire my students to be life- long learners, to be people who can go out into their community and serve their community, serve their families and to learn prac- tical things that will help them later in life." get your copy of ch., thJOVe-I| mmcle at the courtesy  1'2"" counter of , Red Apple Please Recycle This Newspaper VOTE,or Stephen Fowler for Lovell Town Council "Working for you, the people." 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It per- mits any person to pay and any health care provider to receive direct payment for services. The amendment permits the legislature to place reasonable and necessary restrictions on health care consistent with the purposes of the Wyoming Constitution and provides that this state shall act to preserve these rights from undue governmental infringement. Article 1, Section 38. Right of health care access. (a) Each competent adult shall have the right to make his or her own health care decisions. The parent, guardian or legal representative of any other natural person shall have the right to make health care decisions for that person. (b) Any person may pay, and a health care provider may accept, direct payment for health care without imposition of penalties or fines for doing so. (c) The legislature may determine reasonable and necessary restrictions on the rights granted under this section to protect the health and general welfare of the people or to accomplish the other purposes set forth in the Wyoming Constitution. (d) The state of Wyoming shall act to preserve these rights from undue governmental infringement. Constitutional Amendment B The adoption of this amendment will recognize and preserve the heritage of Wyoming citizens' opportunity to fish, hunt and trap wildlife, subject to regulation as prescribed by law. Article 1. Section 38. Opportunity to hunt, fish and trap. The opportunity to fish, hunt and trap wildlife is a heritage that shall forever be preserved to the individual citizens of the state, subject to regulation as prescribed by law, and does not create a right to trespass on private property, diminish other private rights or alter the duty of the state to manage wildlife. Constitutional Amendment C The adoption of this amendment would expand the authority of district court commissioners, if the amendment is adopted, a district court commis- sioner could perform additional duties assigned by a district court judge, subject to any restrictions the legislature may impose by law. Article 5, Section 14. District courts generally; commissioners. The legislature shall provide by law for the appointment by the several district courts of one or more district court commissioners (who shall be per- sons learned in the law) in each organized county in which a district court is holden, such commissioners shall have authority to perform such ehaml business L': "^ " ...... ' "^ d!ctffct j"d;c from t,% cc':,",ty cr '7.3.", '; ..... :"^" "'' .... ' "^' "':" "^ F.apc, *'' ;' :" ; ....... '^" '=- t: act, as may be prescribed by law, to take depositions and perform such other duties, and receive such compensation as shall be prescribed by law.