School Notes…

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HUSD SAFE program students learned what to do during disasters through a teaching initiative project with Disney and the American Red Cross.

■ Staff Reports / The Valley Chronicle

Hemet Unified School District students enrolled in the SAFE After School Program learned how to create an emergency supply kit using a pillowcase. This project taught students the importance of fire safety, personal preparedness, and taught them how to create an emergency supply kit.
A representative from the American Red Cross instructed students on how to stay safe during such natural disasters as earthquakes and aftershocks, coping skills to help during an emergency, to crawl on the floor if there is smoke, to feel if a door is hot before opening it, and to discuss an evacuation plan with their family.
The presentation included various drills for natural disasters, and students asked insightful questions to better understand the information. At the end of the presentation, students were given a pillowcase to carry their emergency kit supplies. Printed on the pillowcase is a list of things students should pack such as a change of clothes, water, flashlight, toothbrush and portable radio. HUSD partnered with the American Red Cross and Disney for this project.

We live in a generous valley. To demonstrate the importance of giving back to our community, many of our schools have clubs that allow students to volunteer and staff members create donation drives throughout the year. This year, two teachers, Sarah Switzer, a middle school teacher at ASPIRE Community Day School, and Stephanie McCravey-Cooper at Jacob Weins Elementary, are participating, along with their students, in the UNICEF Kid Power Program.
This program provides food packets to children around the world who suffer from malnutrition, based on the number of steps a student takes.
“We know our students don’t always have the means and funds to donate, so this program makes it easy for them to give back and stay active,” said Switzer. “UNICEF provides teachers with information “missions” on different countries where children suffer from malnutrition. Each of the missions provide activities and lessons for about a month.” ASPIRE students have donated 163 food packets for March, which equals about 3,912,000 steps!
McCravey-Cooper, fifth grade teacher at Jacob Wiens Elementary, says her students are truly enjoying the program. They pick up a power band, which tracks their steps and they walk, run, skip, and jump to bring their steps up. Each Friday, McCravey-Cooper says her students watch the UNICEF Mission videos, write a reflection about the video, and receive a passport stamp for the country they learned about.
More than 190,000 students are participating in the UNICEF Kid Power Program this year and together they have donated more than 1 million food packets to children in need.

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