Safe Kids Carbon County Chapter members recently recognized a group of individuals for their dedication to the organization, which helps teach parents and children how to be safe.

During the Safe Kids annual awards presentation on Tuesday, an organization and one Safe Kids member were recognized for their contributions to the group.

Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, a Safe Kids member, presented the first Safe Kids Carbon County appreciation award to Evalynn Kuehner, who has been with the group for approximately seven years.

Kuehner serves various children's groups including Right from the Start, the SHINE Afterschool program, and Safe Kids.

Nothstein thanked Kuehner for her dedication to the children of the county.

"Without people like you we wouldn't be able to do the programs we do," Nothstein said.

Carbon County Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard then presented the second award to representatives of WMGH/WLSH for their support in getting the word out about Safe Kids events; working with Community Day this past May and for holding a car seat check on the radio station's grounds.

Mindy Graver, chairwoman of Safe Kids Carbon County, added that the group is hoping to build its relationship up with the radio station and thanked them for all of their help.

Kerry Dowd, program director of WMGH/WLSH, urged all in attendance to contact the station because they help non-profits advertise events.

Carbon County Safe Kids was organized in 1995 to promote the prevention of childhood injuries in Carbon County through education, collaboration, and advocacy.

Safe Kids is a partnership of several agencies and individuals that provide broad-based support and diversity for educational activities. It sponsors effective injury reduction activities, promote awareness and education among child advocates, support public policies and programs that reduce injuries among children and youth.

Some of its member agencies include: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Blue Mountain Health System, Carbon County Assistance Office, Carbon County Highway Safety Program, Pennsylvania State Police, Carbon County Head Start, Penn State Extension, Care Net, Carbon County Commissioners, and Right from the Start.