Dancing, singing and laughing are daily activities in Safe Passage’s Escuelita. By combining playful behavior like this with educational health messages, students learn while having fun. Such was the goal of a hygiene presentation in the Escuelita on the afternoon of May 8.

Medical studentsfrom nearby Colegio Brown’s performed songs and dances in colorful costumes to teach their young audience the importance of careful hand washing and good dental hygiene. The group of eight medical students used bright construction paper cutouts of fruits and vegetables to teach the parts of the food pyramid in a lesson on nutrition.

The Colegio Brown’s group worked for weeks to coordinate an activity that would be appropriately informative and entertaining for their audience of nearly one hundred 2-6 year old students. Their deliberation and careful consideration paid off handsomely. Escuelita students were engaged and entertained all afternoon, from the first song to the closing snack, when they enjoyed milk, sandwiches, and apples, all thoughtfully provided by the Colegio Brown’s students.

Lessons of the day were cemented when each Escuelita student received a gift bag with shampoo, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste. This generous donation from the
Colegio Brown’s students provided excellent motivation for the children to put their
new knowledge into practice at home.

By Ellen Renfroe Safe Passage Health Program Coordinator

and Joshua Fleming Safe Passage Visitors Coordinator

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