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Safety Festival held Sept. 11 at Appalachian

BOONE—If you have ever wondered how to safely store common chemicals at home, use a fire extinguisher or learn about the risks of binge drinking, that information and more will be available during the annual safety festival held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Appalachian State University.

Information tents will be located on Sanford Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “It’s Up to Me,” reflecting a university-wide campaign to educate students, faculty and staff about the importance of taking personal responsibility for making campus and the community a safe environment, as well as the responsibility to speak out when they witness the unsafe behavior of others.

The event is organized by the university’s Safety Day Planning Committee. The public is invited to attend. In case of severe weather, the event will be canceled.

Representatives from campus, town and county agencies will provide information about fire, food, bike, Internet and personal safety, along with other topics. Just look for the tents set up on Sanford Mall.

Students can win prizes donated by area businesses and campus organizations by completing a safety bingo card that can be validated by visiting the information tents on the mall.

In addition, the annual Walk for Awareness will be held Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. beginning at Sanford Mall and ending at the Holmes Convocation Center. This year’s walk will be dedicated to the memory of Leigh Cooper Wallace, who died in December from complications related to pneumonia.

The Appalachian alumna became an inspiration to campus and the community following her kidnapping in 1989. A survivor of sexual assault, she helped bring her assailant, who had kidnapped and murdered former university employee Jeni Gray, to justice. Wallace frequently shared her story of survival during the Walk for Awareness.

Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, Vice Chancellor for Student Development Cindy Wallace, Student Government Association President Dylan Russell, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct Judy Haas and senior Tommy Wrenn will speak at the event.