The Exchange, July 18, 2018, Disabilities Candidate Forum

Jul 23, 2018

Iowa Candidates Disability Forum, Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Credit Mary Hartnett

Welcome to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  Most kids these days can often be found glued to a phone or an Ipad, watching their favorite shows, playing games, and connecting on Facebook or other social media.  Parents use safety settings and other controls, yet it is still hard to make sure kids are safe when they are online.   “Parent Alert: How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online,” by Will Geddes and Nadia Sawahla gives parents some simple strategies that can keep you informed about your kids' activities online.  Geddes says he wanted to cut through the endless information online about internet safety and provide meaningful information.

Parent Alert! How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Kids Online  7:20

In: “And it was a . . .”

Out: “. . . by the people that you choose.”

That was Will Geddes, one of the authors of “Parent Alert: How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online.”  Geddes and co-author Nadia Sawahla wrote the book to cut to chase about online safety tools for parents to use with their children.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  Parents of talented and gifted children use extracurricular activities and summer camp to give the kids some stimulating experiences that they can’t get in school.  One of those camps is now in Sioux City, based at Morningside College this month. The Catalyst Collective gives middle and high school students a chance to stretch their right and left brains with STEM-based courses mixed with theater, music, and dance.  Heath Weber is with the Catalyst Collective, and he is also the associate dean for Performing Arts at Morningside College.  Weber says a camp is a place where kids can try new things and explore different sides to their personalities without fear of failing. 

TAG Camp

In: “Failure is not . . .”

Out: “ . . . to learn and grow.”

That was Heath Weber, working with the Catalyst Collective camp that’s going on this and next week at Morningside College.  Weber is also the associate dean of performing arts at Morningside College.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  This Saturday, Unity in the Community is hosting a Community Connection between citizens and law enforcement at Dale Street Park. It’s an opportunity to engage and learn from each other. Monique Scarlett of Unity in the Community says the goal of the event is to get into the heart of the neighborhood.

Monique Scarlett 3:35

In: “The goal for . . .”
Out: “ . . .of unity.”

That was Monique Scarlett of Unity in the Community, talking about this Saturday’s Community Connection at Dale Street Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett. 

More than a dozen candidates for state and local office took part in a forum on disability rights Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations.  This free, public forum was a chance for elected officials and candidates to talk about their concerns and priorities on disability rights and resources. Don Dew is the executive director of the Disability Rights Resource Center of Siouxland.  Dew says the forum was held in conjunction with NationaDisabilityty Voter Registration Week.

Don Dew, Executive Director, Disabilities Resouce Center of Siouxland

You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  Every summer weekend in Siouxland, you can find families driving north to the Iowa Great Lakes.  However, Lake Okoboji is not just for weekends anymore.  New research shows that Dickinson County is increasingly a year-round place to call home. Over the past seven years, many small towns had shrinking populations, but Dickinson County was the 11th fastest-growing in the state. The Sioux City Journal reports It posted 3.17 percent growth from 2010 to 2017.  Kiley Miller is the president and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. Miller says the growth in the Iowa Great Lakes area is emblematic of the job growth and need for housing in the rest of the state.

Lakes Population. 6:56

In: “Across the state of Iowa . . .”

Out: “. . . if I want.”

Kiley Miller is the president and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.  He was talking about the robust growth in housing and year-round residents in that area.

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