by NRA Blog Staff - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Last month staff from the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program set out on a 10-day excursion to share Eddie Eagle’s message while attending national events gathering educators from across the country.
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program that teaches Pre-K through fourth graders what to do if they ever come across a gun. With a mission focused on safety, the program seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate on the topic.
The team started in Denver, Colorado at the National School Board Association which attracts more than 5,000 school board members and superintendents nationwide. Here teachers and school board members learn about programs and curriculum available for their schools.
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“Being able to explain Eddie’s important safety message to teachers and school board members is one of the best ways to ensure children across the country receive Eddie’s training,” said Program Coordinator Brianna Lowden. “Safety is something all teachers can agree on and they are usually shocked that they can get our materials free of charge.”
Many schools have an extremely tight budget so being able to offer these educational materials at no cost is something the program is proud to offer.
After several days in Denver, the team traveled east to Baltimore, Maryland where they presented to Parent Teacher Organizations at the PTO Today Expo. This event, again, focused on educators but also concentrated on sharing information with local parents with how they could use these tools with their children at home.
This trip was a great opportunity for our team to meet and speak with educators
Eddie Eagle staff spoke with school representatives in-depth about the mission of the program and a variety of ways educators could implement it into their schools. From reading storybooks to taking a safety quiz, Eddie and his Wing Team deliver an important message that all kids can benefit from: STOP! Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell A Grown-up.
“This trip was a great opportunity for our team to meet and speak with educators about the value and availability of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program,” said Eric Lipp, National Manager, Community Outreach Department. “Eddie Eagle partners with schools all around the country and we continue to seek opportunities to expand our reach to more children and provide safety information to schools from all corners of the country.”
To learn more about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program and how you can receive educational materials, click here!