Safety Ambassadors Educate Lower School Students

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Alex Barbet of Plainfield and Emily Wexler of Scotch Plains, juniors at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, show proper helmet safety to the students.

Alex Barbet of Plainfield and Emily Wexler of Scotch Plains, juniors at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, show proper helmet safety to the students. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON –Student safety ambassadors at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison made presentations to second grade classes at the school earlier this month.

The Safety Ambassador Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a learning experience that helps 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 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 second graders about four important safety topics: How to Prevent Falls, Pedestrian Safety, Safety In and Around Cars and Proper Use of Helmets in Wheeled Sports.

This year’s Wardlaw-Hartridge Safety Ambassadors are Ashni Mehta of Piscataway and Krystal Sonson of Plainfield (Pedestrian safety), Valentina Margiottiello of Colonia and Kush Mody of Edison (How to Prevent Falls), Alexandre Barbet of Plainfield and Emily Wexler of Scotch Plains (Wheeled Sports and Helmet Safety), and Mairead Forrest of Parlin and Aditya Dalal of Scotch Plains (Safety In and Around Cars). These Safety Ambassador teams made presentations to the second grade classes on Feb. 11 and 19. The safety ambassadors thoroughly engaged the students and made the presentations fun and interactive as well as educational.


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