On Thursday, December 15th, 142 students are set to become the first to graduate from the radKIDS program at DAFFODIL Pre-K, part of the Ware County School District. Students enrolled in the program have been learning safety and physical defense skills to keep themselves safe.
Key concepts students learned include:
1. No one has the right to hurt me!
2. I don't have the right to hurt anyone else unless they are trying to keep me from safety, and then I can stop them!
3. If someone does hurt me, it's not my fault and I can tell!
During the training, the Waycross Police Department assisted with mock 911 calls and use of other special equipment. Detective Taylor Luciano, Ms. Zina Ponsell, and Dr. Linda Houseal, DAFFODIL Principal, served as the national trainers from radKIDS. They taught safety content as well as physical defense techniques. Detective Luciano and Ms. Ponsell did an outstanding job teaching students these skills using block gear and the mannequin “Bob”. The Waycross Police Department and Satilla Advocacy have been instrumental in giving students safety lessons that could save their lives.
Houseal thanks the Ware County Board of Education for allowing the school to bring radKIDS to our children. “Finally, students are given permission to properly protect themselves from harmful situations,” stressed Dr. Houseal.
Houseal is also grateful to Mr. Steve Daley, CEO of radKIDS. "We owe a thank you for training all of us and supporting the program so that children around the world will have skills needed to defend themselves from predators."
The public is cordially invited to celebrate the radKIDS graduation with students earning a credential from the class. The ceremony will take place at Ware County Middle School auditorium at 5:30PM on December 15th.
Detective Taylor Luciano and Ms. Zina Ponsell serve a vital role in providing the radKIDS instruction.
Dr. Linda Houseal teaches children the importance of being radKIDS.