About twenty minutes ago, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program. launched a three day tour of Pittsburgh area schools. Starting off at Hartwood Elementary, the NRA Eddie Eagle staff will work in concert with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and the Castle Shannon Borough Police Department to teach children, if they find a gun, to: “STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”
"Allegheny County and Castle Shannon Borough have been tremendous," said Eddie Eagle Program Manager Eric Lipp. "We have nine assemblies lined up this week. Without the help of Sheriff Mullen, Deputy Sheriff Tarap, Chief Truver, and all of their people, it would have been almost impossible to make this happen."
Before the week is out, more than 2,000 pre-K through the 3rd grade Pittsburghers will meet Eddie, receive his workbooks, and learn the Eddie Eagle dance. Each step intended to reinforce the message and make it fun.
"The costume helps spark their imagination," said Lipp. "They go up on stage, give him a hug, and are anxious to join in. The thing to remember is that we're here to help make a difference in their life. Through repetition, the videos, the stickers and everything else, we hope that our program leaves a lasting positive impression in this town."