Wardlaw-Hartridge Safety Ambassadors Teach Youngsters Important Lessons

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Juan Gonzalez of Plainfield and Skyla Choi of Fort Lee, seniors at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, show second graders the proper way of adjusting a seat belt on Elijah Ojo of Rahway during their safety presentation. (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood / Wardlaw-Hartridge)

Juan Gonzalez of Plainfield and Skyla Choi of Fort Lee, seniors at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, show second graders the proper way of adjusting a seat belt on Elijah Ojo of Rahway during their safety presentation. (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood / Wardlaw-Hartridge)

EDISON — The Safety Ambassador Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a learning experience that will help children understand the importance of practicing safe behaviors at home, in the car, and at play.

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Injury Prevention Program received a grant from the New Jersey Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities four years ago to implement the Safety Ambassador Program, which teaches key safety messages and presentation skills to juniors and seniors from Middlesex County high schools.

Once trained, the Safety Ambassadors develop lesson plans and teach first and second graders about four important safety topics: falls prevention, pedestrian safety, safety in and around cars and wheeled sports helmet use.

Wardlaw-Hartridge safety ambassadors Abigail Siegel of Maplewood, Janissa Delzo of Middlesex, Juan Gonzalez of Plainfield, Arturo Martinez of North Plainfield, Skyla Choi of Fort Lee, Kush Mody of Edison, Ashni Mehta of Piscataway and Krystal Sonson of Plainfield made a presentation to the second grade classes on Feb. 7. The safety ambassadors really engaged the students and made the presentations fun and interactive.


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