St. Bernard’s School offers Safe Sitter classes

SARANAC LAKE?- The St. Bernard’s School Education Council joins more than 900 organizations in cities and villages across the country that offer Safe Sitter child care training classes. The medically accurate program teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 14 years old, how to handle emergencies when caring for young children.

Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis pediatrician, developed the Safe Sitter program after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what to do. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional injuries and deaths among children being cared for by adolescent babysitters.

More than 500,000 Safe Sitter graduates have learned; how to handle life threatening emergencies, to keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages. They also learn about the business aspect of babysitting and child care.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must pass a practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

St. Bernard’s School will offer the basic, six-and-a-half-hour, Safe Sitter class for boys and girls, ages 11 to 14, on Tuesday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Bernard’s School, 63 River St. The Saranac Lake Safe Sitter instructors are Ray Dora, St Bernard’s School principal; Donna Dora, retired teacher; and Shellie Manning, nurse educator. The cost is $29 per student. Scholarships are available.

To register, call Donna Dora, Safe Sitter coordinator, 518-637-7829. Registration packets are available at the Saranac Lake Middle School office, St. Bernard’s School Office, or can be mailed.