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Posted: 1/27/2006 7:32:44 PM EDT
After a month of hemming and hawing, our local administration has finally agreed to let us (mostly me) teach the Eddie Eagle program in our local elementary schools. We're going to start off with the 3rd graders this year then do the 1st graders and 3rd graders starting in the fall (there's two blocks, K-1 and 2-3). I got the ball rolling after working several accidental shootings (one 9mm and two BB gun) involving kids less than 10 years old, and discovering that the gun safety content in the DARE program was minimal, which is to say almost nonexistant.

It's been an uphill battle, but I'm excited.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 9:21:17 PM EDT
Good job keep up the good work!
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 3:52:53 AM EDT
Great!

Where is this at, BTW?
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 4:27:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 4:36:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 9:50:48 AM EDT
that's great! My guess is that you aren't in NOVA, my wife had no luck with Fairfax County.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:01:16 AM EDT
Thankfully no, not in NoVA. Even still, you have no idea how much "gasp, it's a NRA program!! " I heard. My final presentation was something like, "Look, it's proven, it's effective, kids love it, and I can reach every third grader in the city for less than $200 total starting now." That must have clinched it.
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 11:05:40 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/28/2006 12:57:31 PM EDT
This is great! Depending on how things go, you may look into publicizing this somehow. I think a positive message about this program and what it actually teaches (versus what the ignorant and closed-minded think it teaches) would be good. You could even put the school district in a positive light by showing how they are actively committed to child safety rather than sticking their head in the sand.
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