Thanks to the efforts of Alex Gu, a senior at St. Bonaventure University, area school students might be a little safer in the future.
Gu, chief of SBU’s Medical Emergency Response Team and an emergency medical technician for Allegany Rescue and EMS Inc., was the author of a $66,028 grant from State Farm to create a safety program for local school students called SafeTeen Coalition.
Gu is a biology major with minors in business administration and history from Chappaqua, N.Y. He plans on attending George Washington School of Medicine after graduation.
The SafeTeen Coalition team members include St. Bonaventure students Ryan Lim, Aayushi Sardana, Anna Martin, Indulaxmi Seeni, Carli Johnston, Stephanie Foster and Tim Parks.
Through the program, Allegany Rescue members, SBU MERT members and SBU student volunteers will mentor local high school students to instruct elementary school students about safety.
On Friday, March 27, an inaugural seminar will be held at Allegany-Limestone Elementary School. The seminar will consist of “Safety Town,” a life-sized cardboard community where students will learn basic safety rules.
Three additional seminars, with a focus on Internet safety and bullying, are scheduled for this spring at Allegany-Limestone Elementary. SafeTeen Coalition is also organizing a drunk-driving simulator and safety fair at Allegany-Limestone High School for the spring.
The Coalition team hopes to expand the program next year to elementary schools in Portville, Hinsdale, and Olean, and at Archbishop Walsh.
To get involved in the SafeTeen Coalition, contact Alex Gu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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