Sunday, March 08, 2009

Schools: Education for Babysitters, Mount Venon, Ohio

Kudos to these high school students in Mt Vernon, Ohio.  

The Mount Vernon News reports on an education program Lynn Tullos, Alicia Williams and Brittany Hopkins, officers of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, put together for seventh-grade students - 71% of those students care for other children.

Imagine if every high school had a group of students who did this...
The high school trio visited the youngsters to give some safety tips for baby sitters and to inform them of the dangers of shaken baby syndrome. Tullos said seventh-grade is not too early to teach about such topics, because a class survey showed 71 percent of the seventh-graders have watched children by themselves, mostly caring for siblings after school.

Knowing where to access emergency numbers and first aid supplies are two of the most important things a baby sitter should know, the FCCLA team said. Members discussed what to do in case of a fire or choking incident, and talked about how to safely prepare meals while tending a youngster. They distributed sample “safety cards” to record important baby-sitting information such as contact numbers, allergies and safe outdoor meeting place in case of a fire, and gave each seventh-grader a mini first aid kit complete with Band-Aids and antibiotic cream.
It's not the first time a FCCLA chapter has sponsored an event to increase awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome: senior Megan Akavickas and the chapter at DC Everest High School in Wisconsin sponsored a bowl-a-thon in December, and donated the proceeds to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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