RAD KIDS graduation!

We were featured on Channel News TV on Friday for our RAD KIDS Graduation! It is a self defense program backed by the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

It  teaches kids what to do in dangerous or stranger-danger situations. They learn how to fight off an attacker, how to yell “Get Back, You’re not my mom!” and pepper the aggressor in the eyes with their fingers and do shin kicks.

 We practice for 8 hours during the week with trained RAD KIDS teachers. Then they practice with the “RED MAN”, who acts out the part of the aggressive stranger. Go Brody, kick him!

Kick him, Get away! Scream “No, No, you’re NOT my dad!”

 They learn the tricks that strangers use to lure kids into their cars; “I’ve lost my dog, will you help me look for him?” Of course kids naturally want to help. Hopefully they will think twice if it ever happens with this valuable training.

 Here were our cute teachers, Mrs. Sheffner and Miss Maggie.

They were with us every step of the way, helping us, coaching us, yelling what to do!

Our principal came to our graduation, explaining the program to parents.

They learn to scream if anybody were to grab them and strategies to get away if they are grabbed by a stranger. They also learn fire and gun safety rules, the importance of wearing seat belts and a bike helmet, and how it is OK to tell if somebody is hurting you. Nobody has the right to hurt you. They start out each day reciting that.

Practicing all our moves together, “high hammer!”, “block!” 
Get him Grace! Pepper his eyes!
Yay! Cambria got away, go girl! Everyone cheers for you. It is VERY EMPOWERING!

Even the quiet, shy kids learn to yell and become fierce! I like that. Everybody cheers for their classmates!

Go! Get away! You can do it! Parents all watch from the chairs.

One of my parents is a producer for Channel 2 News. She organized the TV station to come record and do a story on us. See how cool it was by linking below!  It was a very exciting day for all!

Second Graders Learn Skills to Keep Them Safe | KUTV.com