By Lars Dalseide | February 3 2011 11:49
Eddie Eagle visits students at Thelma Barker Elementary School to teach them about gun safety on Monday morning in Jackson. (KATIE BRAKE/The Jackson Sun) on NRAblog Eddie Eagle visits students at Thelma Barker Elementary School to teach them about gun safety one morning in Jackson, Tennessee.
(Photo by KATIE BRAKE/The Jackson Sun)
The Jackson Sun followed NRA's Eddie Eagle into a Tennessee classroom: 

Mascot promotes gun safety
Eddie Eagle visits Thelma Barker Elementary

A month-long pilot program began Monday at Thelma Barker Elementary to help students learn about gun safety.

The program is sponsored through the Madison County Sheriff's Department, and officials hope to see it expand. Thelma Barker students met Eddie Eagle, who taught the students the chant, "Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area and Tell an Adult."

Eagle is the program's mascot. The purpose of the chant is to teach students what to do if they come in contact with a weapon.

Close to 500 Thelma Barker students from kindergarten through third grade will participate in the program.

"For four consecutive Mondays, I will visit with the students in their classrooms and talk about gun safety," said Sgt. Allen Castleman, who is with the Madison County Sheriff's Department. "As part of the program, I will read to them and the students will have handouts to color."

Sheriff David Woolfork said the program is a national initiative and is good for young students.

Read the complete article here.

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