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Thanks to Douglas-Dornan Foundation for helping train more safe sitters

Posted: November 10, 2013 - 12:00am

The Juneau Afterschool Coalition’s student-named B.A.M. program (Body & Mind, Before/After Middle School) has just concluded another round of Safe Sitter babysitting training at Dzantik’i Heeni and Floyd Dryden middle schools.

The class is offered twice a year at each school to eight students at a time by Bartlett Regional Hospital. Wellness Outreach Coordinator Laura Stats, R.N., guides the students through six sessions of a nationally-recognized course of study and tests each student on safety skills and with a written exam. The classes are always full.

Thanks to the Douglas-Dornan Foundation Fund, the cost of the packet of materials each student received during the recent fall after school classes and those that will be offered at both schools in the spring is covered by a grant from the foundation this year.

Research continues to show participation in after school activities is one of the most consistent predictors of success for students in middle school and high school. We are grateful to the Douglas-Dornan Fund for helping us sustain and grow the B.A.M. program.

With appreciation,

Kevin Ritchie

Juneau Afterschool Coalition

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