Support Our Youth and Families June 2020 - Page 3

lithium batteries can burn through a child’s esophagus in two hours. There have also been documented cases where swallowing a battery has led to death. “The surgeon said how important it was that they found out right away,” said Rebekah Woodruff. “Because [a lithium battery] can do some major harm. It was a little bit scary. But we are so, so thankful that [Harper] is okay.” When the Arlington Police and Fire departments learned about Carter’s life-saving efforts, they decided he’d earned some recognition. “Carter immediately saw that what took place was a serious event and he needed to act,” said Sgt. Michael Chitty with the Arlington Police Department. “That’s what the public expects from us as officers and firefighters. But Carter didn’t ask to be put in that situation. Carter just found himself in that position. And he reacted perfectly.” The departments surprised him by sending a fire engine and a police SWAT vehicle to his house – their way to say job well done. “I know that we definitely averted disaster,” said Lt. Richard Fegan with the Arlington Fire Department. “And it’s most likely because of his immediate action.” After showing Carter around their vehicles and letting him take some of their gear for a spin, they left him with a pair of special coins and an award to certify his hero status. “I could not think of a better way to honor or recognize Carter for protecting his sister,” said Rebekah Woodruff. “Because that’s what big brothers are supposed to do. We are so proud of him.” “I feel good,” said Carter. RIVER LEGACY LIVING SCIENCE CENTER RIVER LEGACY OFFERING VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS River Legacy is offering virtual Summer Camps for 2020! We are sending our famous hands-on/minds-on, natureloving discovery and exploration adventures right to your email box! Virtual Summer Camp with River Legacy Nature Center provides campers (age 3 – 6th grade) with an exciting hands-on, minds-on opportunity to explore the natural world from their homes. A variety of weeklong programs in June and July offer children engaging ways to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment. • Age-appropriate curriculums for preschool children through 6th grade. • All classes feature activities to do at home and investigations filmed at the Nature Center and/or outdoors in the rich resources of River Legacy Parks. • Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Our virtual summer camps feature daily video lessons and activities for your child/children at home. Campers may contact their teachers with questions and comments. River Legacy Virtual Summer Camps are offered in June and July. Campers may sign up for one or two camps for their age group. The leadership staff and Board of Directors do not want the children and families in our community to miss out on a summer of discovery. Our environmental educators and naturalists have developed and modified plans so that we can offer high-quality, interactive nature exploration programming virtually. COVID-19 restrictions and precautions limit our ability to safely offer regular classes onsite for this summer. River Legacy Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person summer classes and programs for the Summer 2020 season. For more info, visit riverlegacy.org/summer-classes.