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Safe Riders Class 

Each class is limited to five families.  Families must be approved by Safe Riders for the classes, please contact them at 1-800-252-8255. Classes are held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Waller County office at 846 6th Street, Hempstead, Texas. Information needed is age, weight and height of the child.  Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate in the classes and to bring the child who is in need of a safety seat. Pregnant women seeking seats should be scheduled in the 3rd trimester, preferably around 7 month. There are no infant seats with bases provided with this program.

Child safety seats provided by Safe Riders are free of charge to qualifying families. The program currently has 4 types of child safety seats made by Evenflo for distribution to handle needs of families:

  1. Tribute V convertibles for children 5-40 pounds;
  2. Titan convertibles for tall and higher weight toddlers;
  3. Secure Kid Combination seats for young children over 4 between 40-100 lbs.;
  4. Big Kid Belt Positioning Booster seat for older children requiring a boost and mature enough to use a regular seat belt.

If you know of a Spanish speaking family that could benefit from the program, please help them make contact with the office. Please consider attending the class with non-English speakers to assist in translation of technician information shared.

According to course instructors Lynna Wright, County Extension Agent for FCS and Te’Anna Reed, Extension Agent, CEP for FCS, 98% of inspected seats have some form of misuse. Wright is a certified child safety seat technician with Safe Kids. Make sure your children are Safe Riders.  

To make an sppointment contact 979-826-7651

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Financial/Money Management

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, provides free income tax preparation and assistance to qualified individuals and families.  The VITA site sponsored through Prairie View A&M University will help individuals and families with filing tax returns, special credits, such as the EITC, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly, for which they may qualify.  In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, sites supported by Prairie View A&M University VITA will also offer free electronic filing (e-filing) for faster returns.  

For more information contact Te’Anna Reed, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at tlreed@ag.tamu.edu

Food Safety

Food Handlers Class Texas Department of State Health Services accredited 2.5-hour food handlers program is being offered. Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands is being brought to Waller County by the family and consumer sciences program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Waller County office.

This class is recommended for any foodservice operation employees or volunteers from churches or community organizations who sell dinners in fund raising to help promote the service of safe food. The class is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure you serve safe food at your establishment. Certified Food Managers can send your employees to this class to help in your process of teaching employees their required training.  Practices discussed are:

Good Personal Hygiene

Cross Contamination

Time and Temperature abuse

For more information contact Amanda Shortt, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at amanda.shortt@ag.tamu.edu .

 

 

 

 

 

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