August 2013 Newsletter

 August Offline Happenings!

Back to School Safety
National Night Out Events

August 1, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, August 6
National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 6th, neighborhoods throughout Sioux City and South Sioux City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  In all, over 33 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on August 6th.  NNO 2013 is being supported in part by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.  

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;  (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

Come join the fun!!!!!!  South Sioux City will be hosting the 30th Annual National Night Out, crime and drug prevention event, on Tuesday night August 6th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The South Sioux City Police Department along with other area agencies will be hosting a variety of events at Klasey Park, 1101 1st Avenue South Sioux City, Nebraska. There will be police officers in the park, police car displays, community awareness information, prize drawings, food and games. For more information or if your agency or organization would like to participate contact the South Sioux City Police Department, 494-7561. 

Sioux City will host the following events from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM:

Grandma Moos Park: 3rd and Cecelia Streets, Host: Greenville Project Area Committee

  • Sioux City Police & Fire Departments
  • Siouxland Paramedics
  • Clown
  • Free food!

Riverside Lutheran Church: 1817 Riverside Boulevard, Host: Riverside Neighborhood Coalition 

  • Sioux City Police & Fire Departments
  • Games
  • Free food!

Siouxland Youth for Christ: 18th and Nebraska Streets, Hosts: Siouxland Youth for Christ, Rose Hill Neighborhood Coalition, and the Jones Street Neighborhood  

  • Sioux City Police & Fire Departments
  • Live Music
  • Games
  • Bounce House
  • Free food!

August 8 and August 22, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Watch for the 12th Annual Clear Channel Parents Guide coming out in October!  It is full of information to help guide parents. 

Getting to School Safely

 When your children are ready for school, they face a whole new set of safety issues.  How they get to school safely is one of them.  Parents make sure you are not contributing to traffic problems around schools.  Do not ignore the pick-up zones, double park, or block the buses.  Do not drop children off on the wrong side of the street. 
Make sure you prepare a map that shows the safest route to school from your home.  This route may not be the shortest one, but insist that your child follow the agreed-upon route every day and not take shortcuts.  Find the route that has the fewest street crossings.  Avoid intersections that don’t have traffic lights, and pick intersections with crossing guards or safety patrols.  Walk the route with your child and point out any hazards he should watch for.  If your child isn’t quiet ready to walk to school on his own, but the route doesn’t have heavy traffic, you might be able to find a responsible older child in the neighborhood who will walk with him.

Parents and caregivers should teach children about pedestrian safety and become aware of the difficulties and dangers that children face on their trip to school each day.  Here are fundamental rules to teach your kids:

  • Walk on sidewalks or shoulders, not in the street.
  • If there are no sidewalks and you’ve got to walk on the shoulder, walk as far off the road surface as possible, facing traffic.
  • Cross at a crosswalk or corner, not mid-block, and especially not between parked cars.
  • Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street, and keep looking all ways until you reach the other side.
  • Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them so you’re sure they see you.
  • Obey traffic lights and “Walk/Don’t Walk” signals, and stay within designated crosswalks.
  • Keep a lookout for cars that are turning or backing up, especially around driveways and garages.

Be safe and have a great school year! 

The Power of Parents

Parents are critically important to helping their children avoid underage drinking.  In fact, more than 80 percent of children say parents are the leading influence in their decision to drink or not. 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created Listos, en sus marcas…¡Escuchen!, a game designed to help parents and children ages 9 to 13 talk about underage alcohol use, why it’s not smart, and how to prevent it. Copies of the game, in Spanish, are available from the SAMHSA Store as a DVD.  The English-language version of the game, titled Ready, Set, Listen!, is only available online at
Use the promotional descriptions below to encourage orders of the Listos, en sus marcas…¡Escuchen! DVD by Spanish-speaking families in your community as well as by schools, libraries, and other services with Spanish-speaking populations.  Descriptions of the game in English and Spanish are provided to increase opportunities to reach this audience.  According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than one fifth (22.5 percent) of Hispanic youth ages 12 to 20 had used alcohol in the past 30 days and 14 percent reported binge drinking.
DVD Game Helps Spanish Speakers Talk With Their Children About Alcohol Use
Young people who engage in underage drinking often start early—half start before they reach age 16.  In response, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created an interactive game to help parents and caregivers of children ages 9 to 13 talk with their children about underage drinking, why it’s not smart, and how they can avoid it.  Listos, en sus marcas…¡Escuchen!—available as a DVDgives players the chance to discuss some causes and consequences of underage drinking as they learn the facts, answer questions about feelings, and role-play how to avoid alcohol in different situations.  By using this game to talk early and often about the dangers of underage drinking, parents and caregivers can make sure their children understand that they have no need to drink to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up.
This DVD also contains resources about creating strong and open family communication, setting limits, and providing a good example.  Order a free Listos, en sus marcas…¡Escuchen! DVD from the SAMHSA Store ( today, and help your children be too smart to start!
Juego en DVD ayuda a los padres hispanos/latinos a hablar con sus hijos sobre el consumo de alcohol
Los jóvenes que consumen alcohol por lo general empiezan a una edad temprana; la mitad empieza antes de cumplir 16 años.  En respuesta a esta situación, la Administración de Salud Mental y Abuso de Sustancias (SAMHSA, por sus siglas en inglés), ha creado un juego interactivo para ayudar a los padres y cuidadores de niños entre las edades de 9 a 13 años a hablar con ellos sobre el consumo de alcohol entre menores de edad, por qué no es inteligente y cómo lo pueden evitar.  Listos, en sus marcas…¡Escuchen!—queestá disponible en formato DVD, le da la oportunidad a los jugadores de discutir algunas de las causas y consecuencias del consumo de alcohol entre menores de edad mientras aprenden datos, contestan preguntan sobre sus sentimientos y dramatizan cómo evitar el alcohol en diferentes situaciones.  Al usar este juego para hablar a una edad temprana y frecuentemente sobre los peligros de consumir alcohol entre menores, los padres y cuidadores se aseguran de que los niños entiendan que no necesitan tomar para pertenecer a un grupo, divertirse o lidiar con las presiones propias de la edad.
Este DVD también contiene materiales educativos sobre cómo desarrollar una buena comunicación familiar, establecer límites y dar un buen ejemplo.  Ordene hoy una copia gratuita del DVD Listos, en sus marcas…¡Escuchen! de la tienda de SAMHSA (  ¡Ayude a sus niños a ser demasiado listos para consumir alcohol!


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Siouxland Fact 

There is a new Facebook page for Safe Kids Woodbury County that shares safety information on car seats, pedestrian and bike safety, and any events going on.  If you use Facebook, please go on and “like” the page from the link below.  Feel free to share with others who may be interested as well.!/SafeKidsWoodburyCounty
For more information contact: Amy Scarmon, LMHC, Interviewer/Safe Kids Coordinator, Child Advocacy Center, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, IA, 712-279-2548

Looking for some helpful websites?


Bullying Prevention Resources

Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources:

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at or or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.  Text “41411” and type in besomebody to received weekly text messages (rates may apply).

Tri-State Curfew

The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.

 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

About Siouxland CARES.

Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 16,296 hours in 2012 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:   Think it.  Be it.
Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!


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