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|Project Title: ||Alcohol Prevention/First Aid & Safety Awareness|
|School Year: ||2008|
|School - District:||New Bedford High - New Bedford|
|Contact Name:||Michael Florio|
|Contact Phone:||(508) 997-4511|
|Content-Area(s):||Science & Technology|
|Community Need:||Education, Public Safety|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students from the Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program developed a first aid awareness program and presented it to all second graders at Casimir Pulaski Elementary School. Juniors and seniors taught basic skills such as fire safety, CPR, sports safety, street safety, and how to call 911 in an emergency.
The juniors and seniors also facilitated two workshops on the consequences of underage drinking and drinking to middle and high school students at our community’s Annual Youth Summit. One session entitled “Alcohol in Action” was a collaboration between the EMT students and the Westport Emergency Response and Fire Department and Westport Police Department. The session reenacted a drunk-driving accident. The second session was a collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. The workshop was entitled “Think Ahead” and focused on the consequences of risk-taking behaviors and irresponsible driving. It stressed the importance of seat belts and helmets to prevent brain injuries.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
This opportunity offered students in the EMT course a chance to design a workshop that complemented what they were learning in the classroom. The experience taught basic skills to younger students in preparation of summer activities. As a community sponsored event, the Annual Youth Summit’s primary focus is to empower youth to make healthy choices by exposing them to a wide variety of innovative workshops. The EMT instructor and students were called upon by the Youth Summit Planning Committee to facilitate two workshops.
|Service Component: |
At the beginning of the semester, the instructor facilitated brainstorming activities with students to establish their areas of interest related to community and public safety. Projects were identified that enhanced the curriculum, gave back to the community, and increased the students’ feeling of self-worth.
For the elementary students, the service enhanced their curiosity about the various fields of science and technology. It also helped them begin to think about career choices and how they can take an active role in their community.
At the Youth Summit, middle & high school students saw the consequences of underage drinking and driving. The EMT students were eager to put into action what they had learned in the classroom about safety and healthy choices. Service hours were between 15-20 hours.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
These activities tied in directly to the health science and technology frameworks. They combined project-based hands-on learning with community service-learning. High school students were able to mentor younger students as well as be role models for their high school peers. They were assessed on their project presentations, workshop materials and visuals which they designed/created and their ability to use some of the medical equipment.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
As stated earlier, at the beginning of the semester, the instructor facilitated brainstorming activities with students to determine their areas of interest related to community and public safety. Projects were identified that enhanced the curriculum, gave back to the community, and increased the students’ feeling of self-worth. Students had the freedom to design their workshop presentations.
|Student Reflection Component: |
There was reflection time after all workshop sessions. Juniors and seniors had lunch with younger students and discussed what they had learned. At the Youth Summit, high school students also had reflection time shared with their peers over lunch.
|Community Partners Involved: |
The second grade safety workshops were coordinated between the EMT class and the Elementary school.
Communities and Schools for Success (CS²) staff have been involved with the Youth Summit planning committee since it originated several years ago. CS² facilitated the connection between the EMT class and Youth Summit activities. The community partners worked with the instructor and students on the project which included a reenactment of a drunk-driving accident scene.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Press coverage of the event was published in the local newspaper and can be viewed at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080629/NEWS/806290354/1018/ARCHIVE
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Feedback from the elementary school principal and second grade teachers was all positive.
The Youth Summit Committee expressed their appreciation to the EMT students for their work at the Summit. Both activities met a community need as identified by the elementary school administrator and Youth Summit planning committee.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Coordinating student travel that coincides with student schedules both at the high school and elementary school can be challenging. It was worked out with students by arranging several sessions in order to accommodate everyone's schedules.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.