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Whittier School Health and Safety Survey

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The Health and Safety Assessment course at Whittier School was completed Wednesday 12/2 and the students helped the CCLCP interns create, administer, and summarize a health survey looking into the safety in and around Whittier School. The survey was given in electronic form to the Whittier 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

“Whittier Elementary School teamed up with University of Illinois at Chicago’s Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate Program (CCLCP) for Fall 2009 in an effort to address the health and safety conditions faced by the students. Two UIC CCLCP interns worked alongside Whittier staff and teachers to organize an after school program with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The program met twice a week and involved discussions led by CCLCP interns on the safety hazards in and around Whittier and the ways that the hazards should be corrected. The product of the discussions became an electronic survey that the students of the after-school program helped put together. This survey was administered to all the Whittier 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The results were tabulated and summarized into a powerpoint presentation. Whittier School staff, teachers, and students hope to use the results of this health and safety assessment to bring needed changes to the school and its surroundings for a safer environment for the students.”

Starting in November 2009, two CCLCP interns began meeting with students to work with them on creating a Health and Safety Assessment survey to be distributed to Whittier 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The purpose of the survey was to get the students’ own opinions about safety around their school. The after-school program consisted of bi-weekly 1-hour meetings with the students. At the start, discussions were facilitated to prepare the students for the final survey. Discussions included topics such as “how do you see safety at Whittier?”, “draw a map of Whittier and mark any hazards”, and “what is a summary and what are ways of summarizing ideas?” From these discussions, students then began brainstorming on survey questions with the help of the CCLCP interns. After the survey was completed, it was administered electronically to the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and the data was tabulated. The students’ next task became the summarizing of the data into tables and graphs.

Here is the Slideshow:

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