The Waycross Police Department and Satilla Advocacy Services have teamed up with DAFFODIL Pre-K and the Ware County Board of Education to teach students how to resist aggressive behavior defensively through the radKIDS program. National radKIDS trainers for southeast Georgia are Mrs. Zina Ponsell, Detective Taylor Luciano, and Dr. Linda Houseal.
DAFFODIL is off to an awesome start teaching students the radKIDS curriculum. The program will continue for nine days this semester teaching students key concepts such as:
- no one has a right to hurt them because they are special;
- students should never hurt anyone else or themselves;
- if someone tries to hurt, trick, or make them feel bad, they can stop the individual by running to a safe place and telling a trusted adult; and
- it is ok to tell because it is not their fault.
Students are being trained with skills to protect themselves when necessary from strangers and family members; how to respond in an emergency situation; calling 911; bullying; personal space; and home, school, vehicle, fire, bus and gun safety. With this curriculum, students are being given permission to use a plan taught and practiced to defend and protect themselves.
“The community is always welcome to come out and be a part of a program that will create a safer environment for our children,” shared Dr. Houseal, DAFFODIL principal.
Students are given the opportunity to practice the skills that they learn.
radKIDS teaches children how to block.
Students practice making a 911 call.