By: Robert Austin/Licensed Clinical Social Worker
On December 13,2017 Sandra Sanderlin a safety education specialist from NJ Transit came to Ocean Academy and presented on how to remain safe around railroad tracks and trains. Ms. Sanderlin reviewed the law regarding walking on railroad tracks, and trespassing in a railroad yard, she presented examples of the negative impact of engaging in dangerous activity around trains. Ms. Sanderlin also fully explained the laws regarding driving and railroad safety especially while approaching a railroad crossing, the students were educated on how to recognize when a train is approaching and they were cautioned never to try and beat a train and cross the tracks while the warning lights are flashing. Many students asked age appropriate questions and gain usefully knowledge. The students also watched actual videos of what can happen when train safety is not adhered to. The mix of educational and real life examples was very useful and informative to our students and stimulated an active question and answer session.
NJ Transit will be returning to Ocean Academy to present an age specific presentation to our elementary grade students. NJ Transit has also provided to Ocean Academy educational materials that can be used in our drivers Ed course.
NJ transit was generous enough to bring many hand outs for our students which was enjoyed by both staff and students.
The staff and students want to thank NJ Transit and in particular, Sandra Sanderlin for sharing their knowledge and time with Ocean Academy.