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The 63rd Annual ADTSEA Conference titled "Training Today for a Safer Tomorrow" was held in Burlington, Vermont July 21-24, 2019. A Preconference Workshop was held on Sunday "Behind the Wheel Teaching and Learning Theories Training" which was followed up on Monday and Tuesday with hands-on activities. Other outside activities and displays were available to attendees during the conference.
The annual conference kicked off with keynote speaker T. Griffith Jones III, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor in Science Education, Emeritus from the University of Florida, during the Opening General Session with his presentation titled "Using Physics to Teach Occupant Protection and Other Teen Traffic Safety Lessons - IIHS In-the-Classroom Teacher Resources & Activities"
A Guest Reception hosted by Sue Lee was held on Sunday to welcome spouse and guests to the ADTSEA Conference. Attendees played an interactive game using breakout boxes containing gifts for those who successfully opened their locked box. Martha Abbot from Vermont shared some of the history and highlights of Burlington with the guests. Kits with donated items were then assembled by the group and taken to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital.
The National Student Safety Program (NSSP) representatives set up exhibits displaying their outstanding peer education, community awareness and special projects they conducted during the school year to help prevent injuries and fatalities on our highways. The NSSP exhibits provided ideas for ADTSEA attendees that they can then integrate into their own schools.
NSSP raised $2,022 with the help of ADTSEA attendees, that was donated to Spectrum Youth & Family Services. Spectrum offers an extensive range of crucial services for youth in the community. Spectrum provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless and at-risk youth through programs designed to help youth transition to and maintain a healthy and stable life. They serve about 100 young people each year, providing a warm place to get a meal or do laundry, coaching and mentoring young people on basic life and survival skills, and helping young people address substance abuse, mental health issues, patterns of violence, and other critical issues that stand in the way of a happy, thriving adulthood.
For more details about the 2019 NSSP Conference including awards and pictures, click on the NSSP tab and for even more pictures visit the NSSP Facebook Page.
Members and their guests enjoyed host outings to various sites for sightseeing as well as a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen on the waters of Lake Champlain with entertainment by John Gilmore. Saturday a group traveled to the beautiful Old Montreal and visited various locations while they were there. If you run into Rich Hanson from Oregon, be sure to ask him about his experience. Guests took day trips to The Vermont Country Store, Stowe and Smugglers Notch Scenic Drive, Shelburne Museum and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.
Thank you to everyone that attended, and we hope to see you next year in Wichita! For More conference pictures, visit the ADTSEA Facebook Page.