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Brain Camp 4 a ‘Huge Success!’

Brain Camp 4 a ‘Huge Success!’


Nearly 400 parents and teens attended ‘BRAIN CAMP 4’ at Cobb Safety Village in Marietta, GA.

Plans now underway for a second “Brain Camp” in September 29 at the Delta Flight Museum. Teaching safety is a key role for Safe America. And, how do we do it ‘best?’ Sometimes, having youth get involved in showing their art skills during the ‘Chalk One Up 4 Safety’ art contest.

Kennesaw Mountain High School won $500 for their safety depiction of ‘look, listen live’ at a railroad  crossing.

The 10th annual event was a featured component of ‘Brain Camp 4,’ held at the Cobb County Safety Village on March 3, 2018. The photos tell the story that there were many hands-on ways to learn safety – from golf cart driving to exhibits by WellStar on life-long habits to a ‘mock trial’ and police pullover showing teen drivers how to behave in tough situations.

WSB-TV’s Mark Winne described a fake car crash that kept everyone’s eyes glued to the ‘jaws of life’ device that was used to rip off car doors from two wrecked vehicles (staged in a Safety Village parking lot like they had ‘just smashed into each other.

Mark Winne watches and learns how the ‘jaws of life’ can be used to remove a car door within 60 seconds.


Kudos to Safety Village Executive Director, Allison Carter

With the event being held for the first time ever at “Safety Village,” many attendees – and Safe America staff members – were impressed with how perfect the venue was as the ‘event site.’

“We were so pleased to have metro parents and teens come to the Safety Village – many for the first time,” noted Chief Operating Officer Mary Lou Pagano. “Our goal – in working with Allison Carter and her staff – was to showcase many of the day-to-day safety habits – in family’s homes, on-the-street and on the Internet – that are needed to protect people. The Safety Village was a great venue and we’re already looking forward to holding future events there with the Cobb County Police and Fire Departments who did a superb job.”

Drawings from over 7 middle and high schools competed for $1,000 in prize money from sponsor, Montlick & Associates.

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center President Kim Ryan – who also chairs the Safe America Board of Directors – opened the Brain Camp program.

Safe America CEO Len Pagano thanked WellStar Medical System for supporting the event and including Dr. Steve Kane in explaining to middle school athletes the need to take more time and study how to avoid trauma injuries in sports. Dr. Kane – who was filmed during the event – will be featured on a new ‘AthleticScholarshipsDirect.com’ web site – recently donated to Safe America by digital advertising businessman Mike Pirollo.

“We see a need for increased sports safety awareness and through Safe America’s new web site, we’ll give parents and teens a two-fer: help in discovering how to get a college scholarship in sports while also learning how to protect yourself on-the-field,” noted Safe America CEO Len Pagano.

Cobb Police Officer Pinnerelli explaining what to do if a policeman pulls over a teen – and how to safely ‘behave’ during any questioning.

Cobb Police showed their enjoyment of being ‘there’ – and of students interest in what they do to protect society.

Robbie Atabaigi from KPMG explained how to protect yourself on the Internet.

Safe America Instructor Fred Huff moderated a panel of teens who shared with middle schoolers what it will be like to be a freshman in high school – and what you need to do to protect yourself from issues like bullying.

The most ‘dramatic element’ was the car crash re-enactment that ended with one teen acting as a survivor of a two-car collision. The other teen got wrapped in a body bag, taken ‘off’ by the Medical Examiner as a DOA crash victim.