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On Wednesday, June 18, 2014 fourteen 1st-4th grade students from Nellie K. Parker Hackensack Elementary School earned Certificates of Safety after a participating in the Kids Safety Awareness Program (KSAP) given by Ladies Lock and Load. They completed an interactive 4 hour course where they were instructed in all aspects of safety – personal safety, safety in the home, elevator safety, school and playground safety, luring by adults, emergency disaster response and a topic that stirs emotions in many parents and teachers – what to do when you are in a place where someone has a gun.
Ladies Lock and Load is offering KSAP classes throughout the summer starting with Kids Personal Safety 1 & 2 on July 9th and 10th in Hackensack, NJ.
What started two years ago as an adult women’s gun safety class blossomed in to a comprehensive youth program. “As I spoke to our women clients, I found that their children lacked basic safety knowledge,” Genesis Liu, founder of Ladies Lock and Load explained. “We were all concerned with the surge of school shootings and news reports of playground lurings. So I developed the Kids Safety Awareness Program that combines my knowledge as a certified and fully insured safety instructor and a concerned parent of an 8 year old girl.”
KSAP includes what every child should know to stay safe. Knowing what to do when you encounter a gun is just a small portion now of a larger curriculum that focuses on everything from school emergency protocols to playground safety, bullying to poison safety, elevator safety to emergency response in black outs and storms. “We teach children to be aware of their surroundings, empower them to pay attention to their inner alert system, to take the proper steps and find the right adult in unsafe situations,” Liu continues.
“I was very impressed with both the intelligent content of the program and by the knowledge of the instructor,” Jennifer, a parent from Newton, NJ commented on the class. “This was not a program debating whether guns are good or bad. The sole purpose of the program was to teach kids how to be safe and do the smart thing in a variety of situations. It made both parents and kids think. I think programs such as this should be a staple curriculum in schools.”
There will be an open KSAP class for children ages 7 and up on July 9th and 10th in Hackensack, NJ. Additional Kids Safety Awareness Program classes will be held throughout the summer and fall in New Jersey and New York. Private Group sessions are available and can be scheduled at www.ladieslockandload.com. Classes range from $10 – $25 per student and each child gets a “go bag” for emergencies which includes a headlight, water bottles, wipes, snacks and other items needed in a black out or another emergency situation.
Follow link for Genesis Liu’s quick safety tips for parents and children.