Kindergarten students learn health, safety during 'hospital week'

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 7:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – More than 4,000 kindergartners received an up close lesson in health and safety.

The students participated in the 32nd Annual Kohl’s Cares Hospital Week sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Kosair Children’s Hospital at Slugger Field.

They are basic safety tips – like wearing helmets, crossing the street safely but told in a fun way that kindergartners like Kaden Wancket understand.

“I learned about hospitals and ways to stay safe," Kaden Wancket, a student at Notre Dame Academy said.

Each of the 18 booths, led by University of Louisville nursing students, has a theme.

Rachel Smith, a teacher with Coral Ridge Elementary in Fairdale, says each year the classes get so much out of basic lessons.

“They get to see things that are familiar to them like firefighters and police officers but they get to talk with them and have a more personal relationship with them. And ask questions," Smith said.

Hospital Week started 32 years ago with just a couple of booths and 500 and now it has grown into a big deal.

It started with lessons on how to teach kids what to expect if they are in the hospital and evolved into other safety areas.

“We thought while we have them here, we can teach them how to stay healthy and safe and stay out of the hospital. So the booths evolved from there,” Amy Medley, Child Advocacy Kosair Children's Hospital coordinator said.

It's learning that is fun but lessons that can lives.

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