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South Abington Elementary students learn safety tips

October 01. 2013 5:17PM
MEG N. FRY Abington Journal Correspondent

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Officer Phil and Lucky the Duck visited South Abington Elementary on Sept. 27 to entertain and teach students about safety. Approximately 60 students from grades kindergarten through second were in attendance at the 9 a.m. show in the school gymnasium. Afternoon kindergarten, third and fourth grades would be in attendance later that day at the 1:45 p.m. show.

The safety presentation, which was approximately 45 minutes long, was full of jokes and magic tricks all related to the common theme of safety. Students learned about healthy eating, the importance of breakfast, what to do when they see bullying, Internet safety, and school safety such as notifying their teacher if they see a stranger trying to enter the building. The program identified teachers, principals, parents, police officers, and other known adults as safety figures that the students can feel comfortable talking to if they feel unsafe.

The interactive presentation included magic tricks, jokes, a puppet named Lucky the Duck, and a quiz show to ensure students were paying attention and having fun while learning about safety. The biggest hit of the day was a puppet, Lucky the Duck, a ventriloquist act and silly character that students could relate to and laugh with. Lucky shared that he was bullied by a classmate and Officer Phil told him that telling a teacher isn’t snitching, but practicing safety for Lucky and his classmates that might be getting bullied as well.

At the end of the presentation, teachers were given comic-like booklets to pass out to their students. These booklets included safety tips from the presentation as well as other activities for students to complete in class or at home to reinforce the safety tips shared at the show.

In addition to the South Abington Elementary shows, Officer Phil had presentations at Newton Ransom Elementary on Sept. 24 and one presentation at Our Lady of Peace on Sept. 27.

The Officer Phil program began in 1975 and has reached millions of students ever since, teaching them to live safe lives using nine copyrighted characters. Students can continue learning about safety with the Officer Phil program after the presentation ends by visiting, with their parents’ permission. The website also includes magic tricks like the ones seen at the show, as well as healthy recipes for students to try at home.

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