August 2014 Newsletter


August Offline Happenings!
August is Back to School Month – Be Safe!!
Tuesday, August 5
National Night Out

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support and participation for local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood communities and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting to protect their safety, order, and quality of life.  
National Night Out in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday, August 5, 6-8 p.m. 
Grandma Moos Park (Greenville PAC)
Riverside Lutheran Church (Riverside PAC)
Cook Park (Westside Neighborhood Coalition)
Leeds Park (Leeds Neighborhood Coalition)
Siouxland Youth for Christ (18th & Nebraska) (Rose Hill, Jones Street Coalitions and Siouxland Youth for Christ)
National Night Out in South Sioux City, Nebraska, Tuesday, August 5, 6-8 p.m.
Klasey Park, Hot dogs and pop, informational booths from area community agencies, balloons, games and prizes for kids.  There will also be officers in the park and cars on display. 
Thursday, August 7, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
Thursday, August 7, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
Monday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
On-Premise Training for Plymouth and Woodbury County
TIPS training for liquor license holders.  To register for this FREE training, go to or contact Davidson Wissing at  
Jackson Recovery Centers, 800 5th Street, Peter Waitt Conference Room
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
Monday, August 18, 2:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
On-Premise Training for Plymouth and Woodbury County
TIPS training for liquor license holders.  To register for this FREE training, go to or contact Davidson Wissing at
Jackson Recovery Centers, 800 5th Street, Peter Waitt Conference Room
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
Tuesday, August 26, 5:00 p.m.
Dakota County Teen Court
City Hall, 1615 First Avenue
South Sioux City, Nebraska

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.  From fall to spring, millions of children are on the streets every day making their way to and from school.  They walk, bike, ride the bus, or are driven by parents.  When hundreds converge on one building the traffic can be a nightmare and the risks to kids can be numerous.
Ideally, every school would have one loading zone for buses and another for cars.  Bike racks would be located in an area that allows safe and easy access.  The parking lot would be designed to allow cars to enter without crossing paths with students who walk or bike. 
Parents cause many of the traffic problems around schools.  Some ignore the pick-up zones, double park, or block the buses.  One dangerous, and all too common, practice is dropping children off on the wrong side of the street and jaywalking with them mid-block.  Traffic troubles usually are worse in bad weather, as more parents drive their kids and everyone tries to take shortcuts to hurry into the building without getting wet. 
Parents should prepare a map that shows the safest route to school from their 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 have 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.

Jackson Recovery Centers has  increased alcohol awareness at local community events such as Saturday in the Park and Friday’s on the Promenade. Through the SPF SIG grant, Jackson Recovery Centers is providing training to alcohol serving staff at these events. Jackson has also been providing signs to let the public know where alcohol is allowed, as well as the informing attendees that no one under 21 will be served. The goal is to increase awareness of the warning signs of over-intoxication as well as the possible penalties (hundreds of dollars in fines & possible criminal charges) if the bartender serves a minor or over serves an adult.
If you have any questions about training your event or bartending staff, please contact Davidson Wissing at or 712.234.2327.  


The 13th Annual Clear Channel Parent Survival Guide will be ready in October.  Siouxland CARES coordinates the contents of the Guide.  

The following question was asked of every participant at the April Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking: “What we could do to reduce underage drinking?”  Overwhelmingly the response was to provide more information on the consequences of underage drinking.     
Consequence:  People who start drinking before age 15 are more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life.  



Congratulations to the Woodbury County Community Drug Court for celebrating 15 years of service to this community. Drug Court is a tremendous program and has helped hundreds of people.  It’s slogan is “Change Attitude, Change Thinking, Change Behavior.  A special celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 30 at Briar Cliff University, St. Francis Center.  For more information, contact CONGRATS!

beSomebody and grow an extra row of vegetables to help feed those in need.  Up From The Earth is a newly established program in Siouxland.  For more information visit  



The Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission assisted in recruiting donors, volunteering, and donating blood for the U232 Blood Drive. 169 pints were collected.  Thank you and great job!

Looking for some helpful websites?

Other Resources
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
If you think someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 1-888-3737.888, yo obtain information and to access supportive services for the victim.  

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at or Like us on the beSomebody Facebook page.  JOIN the beSomebody initiative today and 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 13,996.25 hours in 2013 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.
RespectGive it. Get it.
ResponsibilityTake it. Teach It.
FairnessShare it. Practice it.
Caring: Show it. Receive it.
Citizenship: Have it. Honor it.
Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!! 
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