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Advanced Chemistry Students Teach Kindergartners About Poison Control
May 5, 2011By Taylor Friedli of Centralia High School Activities
On March 27th, Mrs. Schmidt’s advanced chemistry students went to the elementary school. They visited Mrs. Jones’s and Mrs. Warbritton’s kindergarten classes to teach the children about the dangers of poisons for Poison Control Month. The high school students taught the younger students that some everyday things used in school or the household can look like poison so they need to know not to touch them. One of the advanced chemistry students, Kiara Moore, thinks that the chemistry students made a big impact on the younger students by introducing Spike, a quail puppet made to help the kids participate in a fun video, because the kids understood the dangers of poisons better with animals as examples. At the end of the day, the teenage students felt better knowing that the kids took useful information away from their presentation. “We even had kids giving other kids warnings and information. Especially about poisonous snake bites,” Moore said. The students were reassured that the presentation held the children’s attention, because they loved Spike and the sing along in a video they showed. Even though poison dangers were the main topic, Moore believes that Spike was the most important part because the kids took the information better when it involved an animal. Although the materials were provided, “we did put our own input into it,” said Moore. The advanced chemistry students thoroughly believe that poison control is important for everyone to know about. Poisons can harm any living thing, and they could potentially cause death if people are not notified about their dangers.