By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Keynote speaker Lt. Joseph Laramie (Retired, Glendale Police Department and former member of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office) addressed attendees of the fourth annual Health and Safety Education Summit about “Effective Technology Safety Messaging” and “The Next Tech-Related Incident.”
Lt. Laramie stressed that messages about safety and health must address the students’ need to feel they are part of a group of their peers who embrace its value. For example, vehicles that have been involved in drunk-driving accidents placed in front of high schools before proms are not effective. A “totaled car” says, “That happened to someone else, but couldn’t happen to ME!” However, a billboard message that students are “not alone” if they choose not to drink and drive is effective.
Parish and sSchool administrators, teachers, support and maintenance personnel from across the Archdiocese of St. Louis gathered at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School on June 6, 2013 to learn about a variety of health and safety issues, including “Heart Saver AED Training,” “Science Classroom Safety Issues,” “Stress Management for Staff,” Head Injury and Concussions,” “Protecting God’s Children,” etc.
The full-day summit is co-sponsored by the Catholic Education Center and Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services. Cintas Fire Protection provided hands-on experience in extinguishing a fire with an extinguisher in a “controlled burn” simulation.
Save the date! Next year’s Health and Safety Education Summit is scheduled for June 5, 2014 at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.