Driving Simulator is Helping to Save Lives
Bryce O’Neal, Industrial Electricity senior, operates the driving simulator as Deputy Pluta observes.
May 1, 2017 -- Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic and the Maria Tiberi Foundation, along with the Lorain County JVS, are hoping to change that. The goal of the foundation is to encourage better driving training and bring awareness of all types of driving distractions, as well as help to prevent accidents related to distractions.
Over 90% of the money raised through this foundation is allocated to purchasing driving simulators and placing them with school districts and police departments who will use them to educate young drivers.
One simulator, which was funded by a donation from Columbia Gas of Ohio, was given to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office. This simulator is being used by the students of Lorain County JVS, thanks to the efforts of JVS School Resource Officer Deputy Anthony Pluta.
Deputy Pluta said he knew having the simulator at the JVS would have the potential to reach so many students throughout Lorain County. "We have students from 13 different school districts under one roof, so we have a great opportunity to get in front of so many new and young drivers."
According to Pluta, the simulator allows these young drivers to experience the real dangers of distracted driving, without being in a real accident.
What's the BUZZ all about at Lorain County JVS?
Michael Cool and McKenna Weinstein place the honey bees into the hive.
April 29, 2017 -- Students at Lorain County JVS are doing their part to help save the honey bees. Three pounds, or over 10,000 honey bees, were recently released into the bee hive that sits on the south side of the Lorain County JVS campus.
McKenna Weinstein, Landscape and Greenhouse Management senior and Michael Cool, Industrial Equipment Mechanics senior, both from Amherst, dressed in the appropriate beekeeper attire, and placed the honey bees and their queen into the hive.
There are three levels of honey bees; the workers, the drones and the queen. Worker bees, the females, collect pollen and nectar from flowers and plants and carry it back to the hive. The nectar, while inside the bee, mixes with enzymes and proteins produced by the bees, and this converts the nectar into honey, which is then stored in the hive.
The bees will be busy this spring and summer as they reproduce, work, and gather nectar to make honey. As the fall season rolls around, the honey will be ready to harvest, and the students will prepare it to sell to the community.
A portion of the bees were purchased via a grant through the Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation.