MORGANTOWN, WV – On October 24, during Mountaineer Week at West Virginia University, a campus-wide Safe Community Day was held at the Mountainlair. The Safe Community Day was inspired by the accreditation last year of the West Virginia University-Greater Morgantown Safe Communities Initiative. Dr. Lisa Costello, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, founded and organized the event last year. This was the second annual Safe Community Day. “We wanted to provide resources to help individuals be safe in their community. We also have flu shots and a blood drive going on, but it’s a way as we celebrate our Appalachian culture, to focus in on ourselves, and the importance of staying safe and being well,” Costello said during a recent interview with WBOY Channel 12 News.
During the school year, the number of students enrolled at West Virginia University doubles the population of the City of Morgantown. Safety on campus and within the city are linked in many ways. Awareness of safety issues such binge-drinking, DUI’s, motor vehicle fatalities related to alcohol, sexual and physical assaults related to alcohol, pedestrian injuries, distracted driving and falls impact the wellbeing of the students and residents of the Greater Morgantown area.
Tyquan Holloman, a WVU student that helped plan the event told WBOY 12 News, “There’s dangers with going out, and at least if you go out, be very smart about what you do, and I feel like this type of community is actually something really good to project that towards the students, to reach out to a larger audience.” “No matter what type of phase that they go through in their life whether its depression or alcoholism or a smoking problem, they actually do have help in the community. That’s the one thing that I want them to know, they can contact somebody to be able help them. There’s an organization here ready to help them,” said Holloman.