NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program to Tour Pittsburgh Area Schools
FAIRFAX, Va. –-(Ammoland.com)- Schoolchildren in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will soon be hearing the lifesaving message of the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.
Eddie Eagle staff, along with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and the Castle Shannon Borough Police Department, will be presenting their award-winning program to students from nine elementary schools in the Pittsburgh area from Monday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 27.
A firearm accident prevention program designed for children in the Pre-K through the 3rd grade, the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program teaches children, if they find a gun, to: “STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.” Now in its 23nd year, the program has reached over 24 million children nationwide.
Since the Eddie Eagle program’s inception, more than a million Pennsylvania children have heard its lifesaving message. Much of this is made possible through funds raised by Friends of NRA and grants distributed by way of The NRA Foundation.
“The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and Castle Shannon Borough Police Department have been instrumental in helping us bring Eddie Eagle’s life saving message to the local elementary schools,” said Eddie Eagle Program Manager Eric Lipp. “We’re always happy to work with local law enforcement when it comes to teaching children firearm accident prevention.”
Accidental deaths with firearms have been decreasing for decades and are currently at an all-time low among the U.S. population. Among children in the Eddie Eagle age group, fatal firearm accidents have been reduced more than 80% since the program’s nation-wide launch. NRA believes that firearm accident prevention programs such as Eddie Eagle are a significant factor in that decline.
The program was created by past NRA President, Marion P. Hammer, in consultation with elementary school teachers, law enforcement officers, and child psychologists. It has been endorsed by the Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention (within the U.S. Department of Justice) and has been praised by national and community organizations, governors, and state legislatures for its effectiveness.
“The NRA is proud to continue spreading the message of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program to communities all across the country,” says Glen Hoyer, Director of the NRA Law Enforcement Division. “The program’s success is unmatched and will continue to grow for years to come.”
The NRA encourages citizens nationwide to participate in heightening firearm safety awareness within their local communities. Schools, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and others interested in more information about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program can call the Eddie Eagle Department at (800) 231-0752 or visit their website at: http://www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie. Eddie Eagle will also be making public appearances at NRA’s 140th Annual Meeting and Exhibits, to be held April 29-May 1 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
THE EDDIE EAGLE GUNSAFE PROGRAM:
Schedule of Assemblies
Monday, April 25, 2011
Hartwood Elementary 8:30 AM
3730 Saxonburg Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Elementary Principal: Dr. Jacquelyn Rauzan
Fairview Elementary 10:00 AM
378 Dorseyville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Principal: Dr. Sari McNamara
Kerr Elementary 12:15 PM
341 Kittanning Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Principal: Dr. Paul Noro
O’Hara Elementary 2:15 PM
115 Cabin Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Principal: Michael Rowe
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
*Fred L. Aiken Elementary 10:00 AM
881 Greentree Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Principal: Mrs. Bobbi-Ann Barnes
*This school will be hosting students from the St. Margaret of Scotland School at their 10:00am assembly.
Myrtle Avenue Elementary 1:30 PM
3724 Myrtle Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Principal: Mr. Joseph Arcuri
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Moore Elementary 9:00 AM
3809 Dalewood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15227-350
Principal: Mr. Robert Monaghan
Elroy Elementary School 1:30 PM
3129 Elroy Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
Principal: Ms. Amy Burch