by NRA Blog Staff - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
STOP! Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell A Grown-up. These four steps are a part of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program with a mission to help teach kids what to do if they should ever come across a gun.
Sarah Graham of Northwest Missouri is a strong advocate of the program and has worked hard for the past three years to bring Eddie Eagle to her community.
Through fundraising efforts and garnering materials from NRA, Graham’s next goal was to raise enough money to purchase an Eddie Eagle costume. She then worked with the Nodaway Country Sheriff’s Department where the costume would be stored for use. Officers from several different agencies now have access to use it in their efforts to share Eddie’s safety message with kids in the area.
“Children need to be taught that if they find a firearm unattended that it’s a dangerous item,” said Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong. “They need to leave it alone and tell an adult.” That’s where Eddie Eagle and his Wing Team come in.
The program is designed to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators to have an open discussion on gun safety with children and deliver this important lesson in a fun and engaging way that resonates with kids.
Graham has multiplied her efforts by working with firehouses and libraries to host Eddie Eagle workshops which now expands throughout five counties in northwest Missouri. Each workshop ranges between 30 minutes to an hour where children and their parents can watch the Eddie Eagle video, go through a workbook together and learn a valuable and important safety message.
We applaud Sarah for her dedication and hard work to bring Eddie Eagle to northwest Missouri.
To learn more about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program and how you can get resource materials, click here!