United Services for Effective
Parenting in Ohio
22nd ANNUAL OHIO STUDENT PROJECT AWARDS
The 2011 Discover Parenting entrants in both the Photo and Action Project categories, chosen by their teachers and Ohio school students to participate, include a wide range of subject matter. They reflect both new issues, urgent messages of safe and thoughtful parenting and recent research crucial for parents to know how to protect their children 24/7 at home, in the community and on our streets and highways. Every entrant is thoughtful and teaches responsibility and safety.
First Place Winner – “Affirm Your Daughter Everyday, or Someone Else Will” is a great photo that tells clearly and thoughtfully one of the important lessons of raising a young woman needing emotional connection and affirmation in today’s world; and refers to the risks and challenges of teen pregnancy. (Teacher – Deb Baker)
Second Place Winner – “Ready from Head to Toe…Here We Go” depicts the careful seating and restraint of the child of a GRADS* student-parent who understands the importance of the tether, safe placement and current best practices for safely seating an infant or toddler in a car seat. (Teacher – Beverly Holthaus)
Third Place Winner – “Buckling Up Just Takes a Snap. It Allows Me to Safely Nap.” Reflects a GRADS* student-parent who has learned about the newest information regarding infant seating. (Teacher – Beverly Holthaus)
Honorable Mention – “Always Making Sure that Jayden is Safely Buckled in the Car Makes Him Ready to Giddy-Up and Go”, shows a happy Jayden, a toddler on the go who benefits from being safely restrained in the back seat. (Teacher – Deb Baker)
Critical new guidelines released spring of 2011 substantially change the safe seating recommendations of the past. Although not yet the law, they are now recommendations based on the newest research regarding infant mortality and morbidity in the case of a crash. **
Please note the article on this newest information released spring 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and endorsed by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Go to www.usep-ohio.com and/or click on CAR SEAT RECOMMENDATIONS for more information.
The following action projects are all examples of secondary students teaching younger elementary students about dangers including fire, kitchen, internet, strangers, the playground, water play and on the highway. They explore safe practices and rules to help teach responsibility and put kids in charge of their own safety with a combination of hands-on activities and experiential learning methods.
First Place Winner – “Buckle Up on the Road and safely You Will Go” reflects Krystal Randle’s work to tell students the story of how and why it is critical to buckle into your seat restraint and be properly seated as you drive. She tells young students her personal experience of being in critical condition when injured in a car crash while not wearing her seat belt. She says, "The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that motor vehicle accidents are the number one leading cause of death among children in the U.S. Many of these deaths can be prevented.” (Teacher - Jasmine King)
Second Place Winner – “Hard Hats, They’re not just for Decoration! Wear Them on All Biking Occasions” is Bobby Roberson’s project designed to teach students the importance of bike safety and wearing helmets. He says, “An average of 130 kids get hurt by falling off a bike every day. That’s why I tell how to stay safe at all times while riding a bike.” (Teacher - Jasmine King)
*GRADS – Graduation Reality and Dual-Role Skills is a class offered in Ohio schools, taught by trained Family and Consumer Sciences teachers to pregnant and parenting teens. Keeping these students in school greatly enhances their ability to learn the skills needed to parent a healthy child and to acquire career skills that lead to successful employment.
** Click here to find a printable PDF with the latest Car Seat Recommendations for Children
For more information contact: Patricia Fountain, Project Manager
614-868-8600 or 1-800-262-4KIDS