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Lloyd Jordison, a nurse at the Madison County Health Center told the Richmond Kiwanis about the "Safe Kids Coalition" on March 5. The focus of his the coalition is to encourage children to practice all forms of safety. The coalition works with Frankfort to distribute safety booster seats throughout the state.
One of the major emphases of the Safe Kids Coalition is seat belt buckling up. Jordison said he speaks, in coordination with the Madison County 4-H, to all the fourth and fifth grade students in all of the schools in Madison County. He said that between 1,000 and 1,200 learns about seat belt and helmet safety during their two-months of presentation in the schools. He shares with the students the general practices of drivers in Madison County. He observed that last month about 48% of the drivers in Madison County used correct seat belt procedure. He said the use is slightly higher in urban areas and slightly lower in more rural areas.
He uses the Crash dummies as part of his lecture. He also runs eggs seated in miniature cars (both with and without seat belts) to show the results. He said the children has come to call him the "Egg man."
He emphasizes that they are responsible not only for their own safety, but also the safety of their brothers, sisters and friends. He said he has them sign a pledge to wear helmets.
Doris Gray of the Health Community Action Team told Kiwanis members that 49% of Kentucky youth hold the record for the largest percentage of smokers in the United States. She said the primary goals of the Health Community Action Team is to prevent youth from initiating use of tobacco products and to provide succession help for adults; particularly pregnant women. She said that 29% of the youth across the national use spit tobacco and that 3,000 youth start smoking every day and one-third of that number will eventually die from smoking related diseases.
Gray said smoking is the gateway to other drugs and then when individuals give up other drugs they often return to smoking. She said smoking is the first drug they use and the last drug they use. 42 per cent of youth who smoke three cigarettes become lifetime smokers. Gray said she feels smoking is more addictive than heroine or crack cocaine. She added that after she talks with youth they frequently leave school and immediately light up. She said students at Madison Central High School gather at the railroad tracks after school to smoke and that police, who often are located there, do nothing. She said they can confiscate cigarettes and send them to a judge who can require them to attend smoking cessation classes.
April 1-30: Child
Abuse Prevention Month - US National Committee to Prevent
Child Abuse, (312) 663-3520.
April 1-30: Alcohol Awareness Month - To raise awareness among community prevention leaders and citizens about the problem of underage drinking. Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, New York, New York, (212) 269-7797.
April 1-30: Animal Cruelty Prevention Month - To prevent cruelty to animals via public awareness, advocacy, and public education. Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals, (212) 876-7700.
April 1-30: Cancer Control Month - American Cancer Society, (800) ACS 2345.
April 1-30: Community Spirit Days - Communities are invited to collect items for distribution to local charities, conduct special projects to help the local populace, congregate the town's nonprofit groups and businesses, and present the community's Spirit of America Foundation Awards for outstanding volunteerism. Spirit of America Foundation, (207) 622-8870.
April 1-30: Keep American Beautiful Month - To promote litter prevention, proper waste disposal, and environment approval through community projects. Keep American Beautiful, Stamford, Connecticut, (203) 323-8987.
April 1-30: Medication Safety Month - To raise awareness about medication safety and offer strategies to reduce risk. Women's Heart Foundation, (609) 771-9600.
April 1-30: Month of the Young Child (Michigan) - To promote awareness of the importance of young children and their specific needs. Michigan Association for Education of Young Children, (800) 336-6424.
April 1-30: Autism Awareness Month - Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community, (609) 863-8100.
April 1-30: Youth Sports Safety Month - Promotes safety in sports activities and is supported by more than 60 national sports and medical organizations. National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, (617) 277-1171.
April 1-30: Lawn and Garden Month - A celebration highlighting the benefits of landscape and lawn care. Associated Landscape Contractors, (703) 736 9666.
April 1-30: Pet First Aid Awareness Month - To help pet owners understand the importance of knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid. Pet Tech, Inc., (619) 589-7475.
April 1-30: Zoo and Aquarium Month - A celebration to focus attention on the role of zoos and aquariums in wildlife education and conservation. Zoo and Aquarium Association, (301) 562-0777.
April 1: April Fools' Day - Seems to have begun in France in 1564. April 1 had been called New Year's Day, but the New Year was changed to January 1 that year. People who insisted on celebrating the "old" New Year became known as April fools, and it became common to play jokes and tricks on them. The general concept of a feast of fools is, however, an ancient one. The Romans had such a day, and medieval monasteries also had days when the abbot or bishop was replaced for a day by a common monk, who would order his superiors to do the most menial or ridiculous tasks.
April 2: International Children's Book Day - Commemorates the international aspects of children's literature and observes Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
April 7-13: Week of the Young Child - To focus on the importance of quality early childhood education. National Association for the Education of Young Children, (800) 424-2460.
April 7: World Health Day - An international focus on health to raise awareness and stimulate education about health-related issues. American Association for World Health, (202) 466-5883.
April 10: Stories Day -A day to share stories with young children and to celebrate the benefits storytelling and reading provide for children and families. Child Care Coalition of Lake County, Illinois.
April 11: D.A.R.E. Day - The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program, founded in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, helps gives children in grades K-12 the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. Nearly 75 percent of American school districts offer D.A.R.E. training. Contact your local police department for additional information and/or a guest speaker.
April 14: National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week - To encourage organ and tissue donation and to encourage individuals to sign donor cards when getting a driver's license. National Kidney Foundation, (800) 622-9010.
April 15-21: Young People's Poetry Week - An event that highlights poetry for children and young adults and encourages everyone to celebrate poetry. Children's Book Council, (800) 999-2160.
April 17: Thank You, School Librarian Day - Recognizes the contributions of school librarians, who support the needs of faculty, staff, students, and parents. Invite a librarian to your club meeting, and/or donate a new book in his/her honor. Carpe Libris (Seize the Book), (520) 318-2954, firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
April 18: Teach Children to Save Day - Banker visit classrooms to teach children of all ages the importance of saving and making fiscal fitness a lifetime habit. American Bankers Association, (202) 663-5473.
April 19-20: Youth Service Day - Join the world's largest volunteer event. More than 3 million American youngsters are expected to perform service in more than 3,000 communities. Youth Service America, (202) 296-2992.
April 21: Kindergarten Day - To recognize the importance of play, games, and "creative self-activity" in children's education. The first kindergarten in a public school in the US was started in 1873 at St. Louis, Missouri.
April 21-27: Volunteer Week - Honors those who reach out to others through volunteer community service and calls attention to the need for more community service to help solve serious social problems that affect communities. Points of Light Foundation, Washington, DC, (202) 729-8168.
April 21-27: Reading is Fun Week - To highlight the importance and fun orreading. Reading is Fundamental, (202) 673-1613.
April 22: Earth Day Anniversary - First observed April 22, 1970, with the message, "New Energy for a New Era" and accelerating the transition to renewable energy worldwide. Earth Day Network, (858) 272-7370, firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
April 22-26: Playground Safety Week - An opportunity for families, community parks, schools, and child-care facilities to focus on preventing playground-related injuries. More than 200,000 American children require emergency-room treatment for playground-related injuries each year. Program for Playground Safety, (800) 554-PLAY.
April 22-28: TV Turnoff Week - Encourages viewers to voluntarily turn off their TVs for seven days in order to promote richer, healthier and more connected lives, families, and communities. TV Turnoff Network, (800) 939 6737.
April 22-28: Wildlife Week - The National Wildlife Federation created Wildlife Week in 1938 to alert the public to the needs of wildlife and efforts to preserve wildlife and their habitats. National Wildlife Federation, (703) 438 6000.
April 23: Book Day (Canada) - To celebrate the important role of literature in Canada's past, present, and future, and to nurture a love of reading to Canada's youth. Writers' Trust of Canada, (416) 504-8222.