Dewey PTA gets grant for educational campaign on safety topics

Posted: Feb. 11, 2013 10:42 am Updated: Feb. 25, 2013 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Dewey Elementary School's PTA has received a $500 grant to carry out a safety-related educational campaign for parents and students.

The "Safety at Home and Play" campaign will be presented at Dewey Feb. 19-22 in conjunction with the national observance of Take Your Family to School Week.

Jamie Foster, Dewey PTA president, said a series of events will be held at the school to promote safety. These will include presentations on first aid, poison safety and bicycle safety.

Foster said several community organizations and businesses will be involved in the presentations, including the Adams County Safe Kids Coalition, the American Red Cross and the Madison & Davis bike shop.

Games, food and other activities also will be offered.

Parents of Dewey School students are urged to attend the various events.

"The whole purpose of this is to educate parents and get them to come into the school to learn what they can about safety at home and at play," Foster said.

"We already have quite a bit of parent involvement -- and encouragement from staff for parent involvement -- through our morning assemblies and through parent-child activities," she added. "It's always best to do as much as you can to educate your parents and the children, and if you can do that at the same time, that's even more positive."

The grant to the Dewey PTA on behalf of Dewey School was awarded through the National PTA, which sponsors Take Your Family to School Week each year as a way to encourage local PTAs to engage families in their schools.

According to Foster, research shows a direct link between family engagement and student achievement.

"We are one of nine schools in Illinois and the only school outside of Chicago to receive a grant this year," Foster said.

She said 100 schools across the nation received grants.

The National PTA traditionally schedules Take Your Family to School Week in proximity to the anniversary of the organization's founding, which occurred Feb. 17, 1897.