NRA's Eddie Eagle teaches firearm accident prevention to pre-k through 3rd grade students

NRA's Eddie Eagle on NRAblog In the week leading up to every NRA Annual Meeting, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program visits area schools to spread his lifesaving message of; "Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area, and Tell an adult". He'll be doing it again starting Monday right there in St. Louis, Missouri.

“The Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department is helping us bring Eddie Eagle to the local elementary schools,” said Eddie Eagle Program Manager Eric Lipp. “We’re always happy to work with local law enforcement when it comes to teaching children firearm accident prevention.”

From Monday through Wednesday, Lipp and his crew will make their way to six St. Louis area schools to spread the word. And as luck would have it, NRAblog will be there to witness a few of these presentation in person.

If you'd like to learn how to bring Eddie Eagle to your neighborhood, visit their website or give them a call at (800) 231-0752.

Southern Pines, North Carolina - It's no secret that Sarah Cox is extremely active in the programs of the NRA. Last week we told you that the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) alumna and scholarship winner has organized a Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar and Instructor Sarah Cox presents the Eddie Eagle program at a local school Development Workshop in her hometown. She's also been a speaker at several North Carolina Friends of NRA Banquets, which we'll tell you more about next week. But most recently, Sarah brought the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program to a local school and shared her experience with NRAblog:

On the morning of Friday, March 2nd, I presented the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program to the kindergarten and first grade students of Calvary Christian School. It was a large and enthusiastic collection of more than thirty students ready to learn. All of the students were more than willing to hear about Eddie and eager to answer my questions. They loved the Eddie Eagle's motto, "Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area, and Tell an adult". After learning the Eddie Eagle chant and motions, everyone sat down to watch an Eddie Eagle video.

The Eddie Eagle workbook was well received as I presented it to them page by page. Gun safety scenarios were rehearsed and the students proved to be willing and zealous little actors. Each student received an Eddie Eagle Certificate of Completion after they successfully recited the Eddie Eagle chant.

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Attention junior shooters! Could you use up to $5,000? Maybe you're saving for college for looking to buy a new rifle. If you're doing great things in school, in your community, and on the range, then you could win some of the $10,000 that's up for grabs through the Brownell's/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. First place wins $5,000, second place takes home $3,000 and third place will recieve $2,000. Check out all of the details below to see if you qualify to apply for the award.

Nathan Switzer 2010 OAYA winner Nathan Switzer competes in the 2009 National Junior Air Gun Championship at Camp Perry.
Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association is now accepting applications for the Brownell’s/NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award. Chosen for their accomplishments in the community, the classroom and the shooting sports, three exceptional young people from across the United States will receive a total of $10,000 courtesy of Brownell’s.

“The Outstanding Achievement Youth Award recognizes young people who exemplify excellence in not only the shooting sports, but other areas of their lives,” said Larry Quandahl, Manager of NRA’s Youth Programs Department. “Dedication to academics and community are important facets to becoming a well-rounded shooter.”

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8th Annual Shootist Expo in Murrieta, California
Murrieta, California - This weekend marks the Shootist's 8th Annual Spring Event and Expo. An ever popular outing for the community, last year's Expo drew more than 1,000 people from the surrounding neighborhoods.

At first you might think it's nothing more than a sale, but Erin Archbold-Silman, an ever important cog in The Shootist's gears, ensures it's much more than that. In fact, here's just a taste of what you're going to see this weekend in Murrieta:

  • Murrieta Fire Department will be promoting promoting the Phil Armentrout Memorial Trap Shoot for Charity. Chief Armentrout answered his last alarm on December 27, 2005. He started this event that year to benefit the ACS Relay for Life, and The Shootist and MFD carry on that tradition with honor.
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Last week KUSA9 in Colorado ran a great piece about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program being taught to elementary school students in Castle Rock.

Gun safety program taught to elementary school students

Eddie Eagle teaches gun safety to Academy Charter School on NRAblog

Brandon Lee knew he had to do something when his young children reached the age where they became curious about guns. While guns are not present in their home, he knew they were in the homes of families where his children play. He wanted his kids to know what to do if they ever came in contact with a gun.

When two young children in Colorado were accidently killed by guns in the last three months, Lee decided to take his idea of a gun safety program to his children's school, Academy Charter School in Castle Rock.

The idea was embraced by the school's administration.

Lee worked with an existing program called Eddie Eagle, which was developed by the National Rifle Association. The program has been taught for several years by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Lee was able to arrange for two sheriff's officers to come to Academy Charter School and teach the gun safety program for about 300 kindergarten through fourth grade students.

Watch video of the segment and read the rest of the article on KUSA9's website here.

Jon Draper, Program Coordinator for the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, wrote this article about a couple new Eddie Eagle costumes that have popped up in Florida. 

The Eddie Eagle mascot costume program is starting off 2012 at a great pace and has already made sure that two brand new Eddie Eagle mascot costumes have found new homes with law enforcement in Florida!

The Dunnellon Police Department and the Lake City Police Department are extremely appreciative of the grant funding that they received from the NRA Foundation to purchase these costumes. The new costumes will undoubtedly have a lasting positive effect on the children in those areas.

The funding for the costumes, $2800 each, was awarded to the departments through an NRA Foundation Grant with funds raised by the Friends of NRA in Florida.

We strongly encourage all law enforcement agencies to improve their Eddie Eagle presentations by applying for an Eddie Eagle mascot costume grant through the NRA Foundation.

Learn more about NRA Foundation Grants for Eddie Eagle costumes on their website or call (800) 231-0752.

Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon told us about a 2011 Y.E.S. alum Amanda Krpan teaching the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program to over 200 cub scouts in Melrose, Florida. We asked for more so she sent us the details straight from Krpan:

YES Alum Amanda Krpan bring Eddie Eagle to Cub Scout Troop in Florida

Earlier this month, I presented to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to over 200 cub scouts at an event called Buc Tuocs at Camp Shands in Melrose, Florida! The day is designed for the cub scouts to go to different stations like archery, learn about bugs, animal tracks and the wonderful work of Eddie Eagle.

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Turning the clock back a bit, have a look at this Eddie Eagle video on proper gun safety. Although it was made a while back, the message has not changed and the methods have not either.

Created in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 25 million children with its easily remembered rules for when you see a gun:

  • STOP!
  • Don't Touch
  • Leave the Area.
  • Tell an Adult.

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Jon Draper, Program Coordinator for the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, sent us the first Eddie Eagle update of the New Year from the Mason County Sheriff's Office.

Eddie Eagle with two offers from the Mason County Sheriff's Office on NRAblogMason County Illinois Sheriff Wayne Youell announced that the National Rifle Association has awarded the Mason County Sheriff’s Office’s with an Eddie Eagle costume to assist sheriff’s officers in teaching Mason County’s youth about gun safety.

“Our office is excited to have been awarded this costume and happy to be partnering with the National Rifle Association for this great cause,” said Youell. “We feel the costume will greatly enhance our education efforts of gun safety to our county’s children. Plan to see Eddie Eagle present at many of our community events.”

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