Safety Added to Lesson Plans in Rolling Meadows Classrooms
Holmes, Erin, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Erin Holmes Daily Herald Staff Writer
Risk prevention soon will join reading, writing and 'rithmetic in some Rolling Meadows classrooms, making issues like bike safety and poisoning prevention part of the daily lesson plan.
And the kids will be tested on it.
The city has been chosen as one of just a few in the state to champion Risk Watch, an eight-topic curriculum using role playing, props and activities to teach kids to prevent common injuries and practice safe behavior at school and at home.
The reasoning: Things like choking, drowning, burns and firearm accidents cause the most deaths, scares and ambulance calls annually among children.
"They're preventable injuries," Rolling Meadows Fire Department Lt. Brian Dempsey said.
"From now on, all the kids are going to get a lesson plan on all these risk areas," he said.
Twenty classrooms in Palatine Township Elementary District 15's Rolling Meadows schools have signed on - two classes each of kindergarten through 8th grade.
They'll start in January.
The focus will be on eight areas: vehicle, bike and water safety, and prevention of burns, poisoning, falls, firearm accidents and choking, suffocation and strangulation.
Through Risk Watch, kids will be tested before the program to determine what they know about injury prevention, and again afterward, to see what they learned. …