LifeSmarts announces that 2017-18 will be the “Year of Health and Safety,” allowing the program to focus on health-related resources, learning activities, and special competitive opportunities, underwritten by a grant from McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
As part of the year-long emphasis on health and safety, LifeSmarts is unveiling a new community service opportunity for high school students – the LifeSmarts OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring Project. In this project LifeSmarts provides materials and curriculum, bolstered by educational resources produced by Scholastic, to enlist high school students to become mentors for middle school students to help them understand the wise use and safe storage of over-the- counter medicines.
“We are so excited to declare 2017-18 the ‘Year of Health and Safety,’” said national Program Director Lisa Hertzberg. “We know LifeSmarts gives students the skills they need to succeed as adults, and we see students applying what they learn immediately at home and in their communities. We are thrilled to give special focus this year to health and safety lessons and look forward to rolling out new resources for teachers and opportunities for student participants.”
Additional health and safety resources and opportunities:
- All LifeSmarts health and safety resources
- LifeSmarts OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring Project
- September health and safety Question-of-the-Day calendar (and Answers)
LifeSmarts provides community service learning programs that offer scholarships:
- Our partnership with UL encourages LifeSmarts students to become Safety Smart Ambassadorsand share meaningful safety and environmental messages with younger students in their community. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in January 2018. Scholarship applications are due December 1, 2017.
- The LifeSmarts OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring Project was created in 2017 with support from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. The project promotes safe medicine storage, safe use of OTC medicine, and understanding the Drug Facts label. High school students demonstrate leadership by teaching 5th and 6th graders about medicine safety. The lesson is easy to adapt to classroom, club, and community settings. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in June 2018. Scholarship applications are due May 31, 2018.