To the editor:
St. Bernard's School is proud to be a designated Safe Sitter teaching site. St. Bernard's School will offer two sessions of the Safe Sitter child care course on Saturday, June 28, and again on Tuesday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Bernard's School, 63 River St. The one-day course is for boys and girls ages 11 to 14. Registration for the program is open until June 18. Safe Sitter instructors for the course are Shellie Manning, nurse educator, Ray Dora, St. Bernard's School principal, and Donna Dora, retired teacher.
The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents, ages 11 to 14, how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $32. Scholarships are available. To register your son or daughter, call Safe Sitter coordinator Donna Dora, 518-637-7829. Registration forms and information packets are available at the Saranac Lake Middle School office, St. Bernard's School office, or can be mailed to you.
Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter instructors to handle life-threatening emergencies. During this one-day course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.
Safe Sitters also receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers. They learn safety precautions, how to understand children of different ages, and even the business of babysitting.
To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.
For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Donna Dora, Safe Sitter coordinator, at 518-637-7829, the St. Bernard's School office at 518-891-2830, or www.safesitter.org .
The St. Bernard's School Education Council
Ray Dora, Principal
Donna Dora, Safe Sitter coordinator
Shellie Manning, nurse educator