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County second-graders show their quick thinking

POSTED: May 1, 2014 10:04 p.m.
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Zair Magallanes from Blandford Elementary smiles as he gives his answer.

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Ebenezer Elementary School’s Danica Pearson took first place Tuesday in the Effingham County Exchange Club’s 14th annual Quick-Think-A-Thon.

Sixteen second-graders — two from each of Effingham County’s eight elementary schools — competed in the game, which helps children make smart, quick decisions about personal safety.

Kaden Thompson of Springfield Elementary was the first runner-up, followed by second runner-up Zavion Plunkett of Rincon Elementary and third runner-up Bailey Kendziorski of South Effingham Elementary.

Each student was asked three questions on how to respond in different situations, such as child abuse, abductions, peer pressure, fire and medical emergencies, and approaches by strangers in-person or online. Students had to give quick answers, and a panel of judges decided whose were best.

Pearson advances to compete at the Exchange Club District Convention on St. Simons Island in June. She will receive a new bicycle and helmet from the Exchange Club, and Ebenezer’s second-graders will be treated to a pizza party.

Child abuse prevention is one of the key initiatives of the Effingham County Exchange Club.

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