Thursday, November 10, 2011

A.R.C . Gives THANKS to J.A.G.

The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis is honored to support Decatur Central High School and to have attended the invitation and installation ceremony of their J.A.G. program. Jobs for America’s Graduates, J.A.G., is an active participant in the Red Cross S.H.A.R.E. program, meetings and events. Volunteering with our chapter, the J.A.G. class has been responsible for putting on a Battle of the Bands, volunteering at Halloween Safe Night and more with us.

We’d like to give them a BIG thank you!!! We are very proud of you young men and women. Keep up the good work!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stay Safe on Halloween!

Halloween is so much fun because we can dress up, stay up late, and eat tons of candy all in one night. But here are some tips to have fun and stay safe by using these tips:

See and Be Seen

After dark, kids aren't usually swarming the neighborhood. But on Halloween night, they are. That's why kids need to watch out for cars and other traffic. Be sure that your mask or costume doesn't cover your eyes or make it tough for you to see where you're going. You might think about wearing makeup instead of a mask. If you do wear a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough so that you can see.

Kids also need to be seen on Halloween, so it's a good idea to wear or carry something that glows in the dark. You might choose a glowing necklace, a glow-in-the-dark treat bag, or a flashlight. Your parents also can apply reflective tape to your costume.

Don't Trip!

You want your costume to look cool, but there's nothing cool about tripping and stumbling all Halloween night. Make your costume trip-proof by:

  • making sure it's not too long
  • wearing shoes that fit
  • avoiding swords, canes, and other props that can get in your way

Don't Go It Alone

It's best to trick-or-treat with family members or friends. And it's also a good idea to have a grownup with you. A cell phone can be another handy item to have along. That way, you can check in with a parent or call for help, if needed.

Talk it over with your mom or dad when you're deciding where to trick-or-treat. Sticking close to home is great because then you'll know many of the people and you won't get lost in unfamiliar neighborhoods. And people who already know you just might throw an extra treat in your bag!

When trick-or-treating, avoid going inside a stranger's home. Sometimes a person might invite you in for a treat, but you can just say that your mom or dad asked you not to go inside anyone's house. (Likewise, never go up to or into a stranger's car even if the person offers you a Halloween treat.)

And if you're wondering about whether to go to a certain house, check if the porch light is on. If not, that's usually a sign that they aren't home or they don't want any trick-or-treaters.

Let's Talk Treats

Before you start eating the treats in your bag, you'll want to get a good look at them. When you get home, dump everything out and let your mom or dad see what you have. They can help you get rid of stuff you shouldn't eat. For instance, you don't want to eat anything that's loose or not in a wrapper. Anything unwrapped, including fresh fruit, should be thrown away. Without a wrapper, it's hard to tell if food is clean and safe to eat.

Once you've looked over your treats, you'll probably wonder just how much you can eat. Well, it's best not to overdo it. If you don't eat too much on Halloween, you'll have leftovers to enjoy in the days and weeks to come. In other words, you can make Halloween a little sweeter by making it last a little longer!

The Youth Department will be at Halloween Safe Night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from 5-7pm on Halloween night. The Theme is “Trunk-or-Treat”! We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bookmobile School Locations

On September 19th, The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, along with volunteers Andra, Barb, and Karen, kicked off the first Bookmobile stop of the year. The Bookmobile program provides three free books to youth in grades 2-5 in Selected Schools. The Bookmobile Program is funded through Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) grant, private donations, and volunteer assistance from Sallie Mae.

Click on the Link below and find the locations of schools Bookmobile is visiting in September/October/November:

Here are the dates in which the Bookmobile will set off to Greater Indianapolis Schools to give a free book to children in grades 2-5:
September: 20th, 26th, 27th, 29th.
October: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 25th, 26th, 28th.
November: 1st, 2nd, 10th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 18th.

Next Rounds for the Bookmobile will be in January/February and March/April.
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American Red Cross Youth Volunteers in ACTION!

Here is an awesome youth video showing ways YOU can get involved in your community through the Red Cross.

October is going to be a BIG month in the Youth Department. Let's get out volunteering in Indy!!

Watch it NOW

Contact us!

Adam Moschell ;
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Red Cross SHARE Meeting this Thursday

The America Red Cross Youth Board will resume meeting to enhance the SHARE (Students Helping Advance Readiness Education) program in central Indiana and we need your help!!

We will meet this Thursday, September 8th at 4:00pm – 5:00pm to discuss upcoming opportunities, review last years accomplishments, tour the Red Cross and learn how your school can become an official Red Cross school.

If you cannot make it to the meeting but would like to phone in, please let me know as this option could be made available.

The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis is located at 441 E. 10th St. Indianapolis, IN 46202. If you can only attend part of the meeting, that is OK! Any interest is great! We look forward to meeting with you and developing programs in your schools and communities that will help increase Red Cross awareness!

P.S. This is an open meeting, so anyone with interest can attend. If you know another student/teacher or group who may interested in this program, please do not hesitate to attend or refer them to us!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Make your own tornado!

Directions: Gather the materials below to make a tornado with your family.


• 2-liter plastic soda bottle with cap

• Water

• Dishwashing liquid

• Marbles or other small objects

1. Fill the bottle with water.

2. Put 3 drops of dishwashing liquid into the bottle.

3. Place a few small objects into the bottle. Recap the bottle tightly.

4. With a hand on each end, hold the bottle on its side.

Move the bottle in a circular motion to swirl the liquid.

5. Keep the liquid swirling as you turn the bottle upside down. Keep the cap end of the bottle steady while you continue to swirl the liquid in the large end.

Tornado Safety

If there is a tornado warning,
Act Fast! Get to a safe place.
If you are outside, go inside to a basement or a center room with no windows.
Drop and cover your head and neck.
If you are stuck outside, lie down in a ditch.