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October 29, 2021

Talking to Kids About Gun Safety

At your child's next visit to the pediatrician, the usual checklist of questions might include a new one:

Do you have a gun in the house? Inquiring about guns in the home is the same as reviewing other safety measures such as storing medications out of the reach of children. It is part of creating safe environments for children because children often find things that pose a danger to them.

A recent survey showed that gun ownership was highest among rural families and in families that were white, had two or fewer adolescents, had two adults in the home, and had a total family income of $40,000 a year or more. This is why it's important to talk to kids about the potential dangers of guns, and what to do if they find one. Gun safety begins with adults. Guns must be out of sight and out of reach of kids. The gun should be kept locked and unloaded, and the ammunition should be stored separately.

Talking to Kids About Gun Safety
Teach kids to follow these rules if they come into contact with a gun:

  • Stop
  • Don't touch
  • Remove yourself from the area
  • Tell an adult

It's particularly important that children leave the area where the gun is located to avoid being harmed by someone who doesn't know to touch it. A child as young as three has the finger strength to pull a trigger. It's also important for kids to tell an adult about a gun that's been found.

Gun Safety Outside Your Home
Gun safety does not end when your child leaves your home. Kids can still come in contact with a gun at a neighbor's house when playing with friends, or under other circumstances away from home.

Make sure you talk to your kids about gun safety outside your home. They might even know which friends have guns in the home and where they are stored - ask them. If you learn that a home your child spends time at contains guns, discuss gun safety precautions with the adults involved. It may feel like an awkward conversation, but the person you ask will likely understand that you only have your child's safety in mind.


Deb McLaren

Prairie Pumpkin Patch

On Monday, students in Kindergarten - 2nd grade received a pumpkin to take home. The pumpkins were supplied by an anonymous donor and our PTO. The student loved being able to go pick out their own pumpkin at our Prairie Pumpkin Patch.

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Friday Assemblies

Prairie Assemblies have been a long-standing tradition. In our current environment, we are not able to have parents attend. To stay connected with our families we will be posting the assembly each Friday on our website.

Upcoming Events

  • November 5 Spirit Wear Sale Ends
  • November 7 Fall Back (set your clocks back an hour)
  • November 8 Bookfair Arrives
  • November 10 Patriotic Day Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • November 16 Picture Retake
  • November 19-24 Half Day Students releases at 11:35 AM
  • November 22 Crazy Socks Day
  • November 23 Crazy Hat Day
  • November 24 Apple Cup Day (Husky or Cougar)
  • November 25 and 26 Thanksgiving Holiday No School

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