CLARK, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson Key Club, led by School Counselor Ellen Zamboni, presented a unit on Stranger Danger to the children of the Clark Preschool recently. Like its parent organization, Kiwanis International, the club’s main objective is to assist in carrying out the mission of serving the children of the world.
During their time together, high school students, Francesca Luongo, Nicole Pysznski, Kadijah Tosun, and Miles Jean-Louis taught preschoolers about the signs of suspicious human behavior. The students performed Little Red Riding Hood, demonstrating an overt warning about talking to strangers. Following the performance, students talked about the meaning of the term stranger and practiced role-playing to reinforce safety rules.
The lesson was well received by the leadership of the preschool. “The Key Club students kept the children focused on key messages with the activities providing multiple ways to absorb the concepts and ensure their learning,” said Lori Kowalski, Supervisor of the Preschool/School Nurses. “Keeping lines of communication and conversation open with children is very important. Teaching stranger safety to children needs to begin at the preschool age and continue as an ongoing process as they get older. And of course, as always take the time to really listen to what your child has to say.”