Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block introduces a new program on Sun, Water and Heat Safety, “Keeping it Cool”. This program is designed to educate children in grades K-6 about sun and pool safety, prevention of childhood injury and encourage children to develop their own decision-making skills. “This program promotes safe practices related to sun exposure and pool safety tips,” said Kelly Williams, Executive Director.
“Keeping it Cool” features two puppet “kids” Brenda Dubrowski and Nam Nguyen. Nam explains to Brenda the importance of having lifeguards and other grown-ups around the pool area, what to do if someone needs help and that pool toys are not safety equipment. The program also explains that safety rules are different at every pool, so children should check the rules every time they go swimming. “This program has been requested several times for summer camps and other organizations and is a very effective educational tool,” said Mrs. Williams.
For the last 31 years, Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block has featured, through the art of Bunraku puppetry, life size puppets designed to teach children and adults about different social concerns and differences in a non-threatening manner giving them the skills to stay safe and healthy.
Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block, one of the most active troupes the country, serves fourteen counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. This year, CKOB performed over 400 programs and served over 54,000 children and adults in our community. Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block continues to educate children about many social concerns and differences such as child abuse prevention, stranger danger, autism and childhood obesity, to name a few.
Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block receives funding from the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s, Craftworks Restaurant Group, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, Lyndhurst Foundation, Civitan Club, Kiwanis Club, Tennessee Donor Services, individual donors and fundraising events.
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