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August News - 911 Emergency Training & Dictionary Distribution

NEWS RELEASE  -  August 11, 2017  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes, Laughlin Health Care Foundation ... 787-5117

Photo:  (seated left to right) Betty Weemes, director, Laughlin Health Care Foundation, co-chair of Youth Builders School Assistance Committee, and Jerry Bird, director of Greene County 911.  Christine Huss, co-chair of the Youth Builders School Assistance Committee, was unable to attend the meeting.  This committee supports the 911 Emergency Training Program and distribution of dictionaries provided by the Niswonger Foundation.

Youth Builders of Greeneville, Greene County 911, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, and Laughlin Health Care Foundation are giving children throughout the community two very important supports:  the 911 Emergency Training Program and dictionaries through the Niswonger Dictionary Project.  The 911 Training Program teaches kindergarten students in Greeneville and Greene County schools to make an emergency phone call, and the committee will also distribute the dictionaries for the Niswonger Foundation to members of all third-grade classes.  Committee members will also make a short presentation to the students about using the dictionaries.  The Niswonger Foundation financially supports the dictionary program.

The tool that is used to train the students to make a 911 call is a simulator that combines a working phone and a voice activated hand-held control to initiate the exact type of conversation that would take place between the 911 operator and a young caller.

Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Laughlin Health Care Foundation entered a partnership with Greene County 911 and Youth Builders of Greeneville in 1998 to bring this community-benefit program to the schools.  These four organizations provide financial resources and volunteer time for the 911 Training Program because the instruction can save lives; shorten a stay in the hospital; or, in some cases, eliminate hospitalization.

The programs will begin Tuesday, October 17.  A representative of the school is asked to contact Laughlin Health Care Foundation to schedule a program by September 8.

To learn more about Youth Builders of Greeneville, contact Youth Builders President Sandi Bible at 620-9503 or

Youth Builders of Greeneville is one of oldest service clubs in the community.  It was established in 1946 with a goal to promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, church, and community.