New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dustin and Dakota brought the girl inside the house, tried to resuscitate her and called an ambulance. D'Lauren was pronounced dead at the hospital in Seguin from heat-related causes.
The Goodwins believe she crawled into the unlocked car to play, then got hot and tried to go to sleep in the backseat.
The Goodwins said they had been more concerned a new pool in the backyard would pose the greatest danger to their 2-year old not an unlocked car.
“We always kept it locked but we didn’t lock it that time,” Shelley said. “We thought we were untouchable. You don’t think anything is going to happen to you living out in the country.”
Shelley and Paul still do not know why the 2-year old climbed into the car and could not get out. Shelley said the little girl knew how' to get in and out of the car.
Shortly after D’Lauren’s death, the Goodwins learned three children in the Dallas area, all younger than 4, also died in
That is when they decided parents needed to be education about how' to protect their children from heat-related accidents.
The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety reported at least 30 children died from heat stroke this past year when they became trapped or were left in parked cars in the searing heat.
The majority of fatalities occurred in June or July.
According to the Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, two children died in Texas of heat-related injuries in 1998 and three died in 1999. Two children have officially died of heat-related causes so far this year.
The National SAFE KIDS campaign and the American Meteorological Society are issuing warnings to parents and caregivers about the danger an unlocked car can pose to children during summer months.
More than a third of the deaths reported occurred when children
crawled into unlocked cars while playing and perished in the sweltering heat.
When the outside temperature is 93 degrees Fahrenheit, even with a window cracked the temperature inside the car can reach 125 degrees Fahrenheit in just 20 minutes and about 140 degrees in 40 minutes.
The Goodw ins have started researching information to starting a grass-roots campaign.
They want to spread awareness among other parents and caregivers about the danger of leaving cars unlocked when children are around.
“At least maybe we can help someone else and keep someone else from having to go through this,” Shelley said.
Paul and Shelley Goodwin say they have an urgent message they want to get out to parents.
“Don’t let kids play in the car and keep your cars locked” Paul Goodwin said.
Shelley and Paul said letting children play in the car could turn
it into an attraction or a toy in the mind of a child.
Karon Preiss, Comal County Health Nurse, said accidents and incidents caused by heat take more lives each year than any other natural disaster, including hurricanes, tornadoes or Hoods.
“We live in Texas and hot weather is the norm - w hich makes heat illness, injury and death an unfortunate reality in our climate,” she said.
“I he heat affects the very young and the very old more often than any other age group.”
Preiss urged parents to keep cars locked when they were not in them.
“Young children or the elderly who have accidentally enclosed themselves often do not have the strength to get a door open,” Preiss said.
And Preiss said parents should talk to their children at a young age about heat exposure and illness.
The Goodwins continue to grieve for their daughter but have
received a lot of support from family and friends.
The Goodwins also attend a support group for parents who have lost children.
Shelley said the family’s faith and the support they received from others helped them cope with the tragedy.
The Goodw ins remember their daughter as a mischievous, playful girl who was Dustin’s biggest sports fan.
Shelley said D’Lauren would always cheer and yell at Dustin's games.
“She was so full of life,”
Shelley said quietly.
“We have a noisy house but it still seems quiet now'. The house has lost its soft touch.”
For Paul and Shelley Goodwin, D’Lauren will always be a part of the family.
“She will always be my daughter,” Shelley said.
“There are five of us; just one of us doesn’t live with us.”
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CISD officials appealed to the TEA and provided a copy of the school’s 1999-2000 attendance rate at 94.8 percent.
High schools in Comal County have earned acceptable ratings since the TEA began rating schools and districts.
To get a recognized rating, SVHS needed a TAAS passing rate of 80 percent or more, a dropout rate of 3.5 percent or less for all students and each student group and an attendance rate of at least 94 percent or better.
SVHS principal Brad Williams said he was pleased with the rating. but the AEIS report and TAAS scores were only a small part of the school’s achievement goals.
“We look at a lot of different things and we focus on other things.
Sally Ann Karnau died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at the age of 39 at McKenna Memorial Hospital. There will be a private burial in Oklahoma.
She is survived by her parents, Bill and Eileen Karnau; sister Cindy Garbus and her husband. Rich: one niece, Rachel Garbus; and one nephew', Benjamin Garbus. She is also survived by three uncles, three aunts and seven
This is just business as usual for us,” he said.
“The TAAS is a test of minimum expectations. We did well, but we’d like to try to get all student scores higher.
“We’re more interested in what the kids are going to do w'hen they get out of school.”
Williams said he would like to see students achieve higher test scores on college entrance exams and achieve their post-secondary education goals.
One of the school’s goals is to become a National School of Excellent Achievement, or a blue ribbon school, he said.
“It’s like in a football game; they keep scores and see whose the winner.
“The AEIS keeps scores of
schools. And if you’re going to play the game you might as well win.” he said.
Williams said he believed achieving a recognized rating was more difficult for secondary schools because dropout rates and attendance pose more of a challenge.
“(Dropout rates) are the No. I area that catches most high schools. The dropout rate has to be pretty' low,” he said.
“Other factors that you have at higher grade levels are you have more kids and more diversity in your student population.”
A school or district also must meet the same TAAS pass and dropout rates in each of four students groups — Hispanic, African-American, white and economically disadvantaged.
Williams also said attendance was more of a problem at the secondary level.
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cousins and their families. Preceding her in death are her grandparents, three cousins and her fiancee, Jon Dee
A memorial service for Sally will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church
at IO a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Sally Karnau Scholarship Fund.
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