Safety & Injury Prevention Education

School Programs

School Programs

Injuries are what kill and maim children. A trauma nurse, medic, emergency medical technician or physician presents injury causation and prevention information that is age-appropriate for the audience. TNTT School programs are available in 48 locations in Oregon, as well as throughout the United States.

The information presented within these programs help reduce unnecessary injury and death by teaching young people how to avoid or to control the risk in their lives. Legacy's Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT) program presents more than 450 school presentations each year for children ages five to 18. Choose from the programs listed below.

Family and student driver education courses

Family Driver Education is offered to school driver's education teachers to serve at Parent Night to meet the ODOT requirement of parent involvement. A modified, classroom presentation on School Driver Education is also available.

Family Driver Education classes area presented in Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia and Washington Counties in Oregon. The classes are also presented to several other school districts throughout Oregon by our TNTT Network members.

Family Driver Education

Family Driver Education is offered to school driver's education teachers to teach them how to include a "Parent's Night" for one class to meet the Oregon Department of Transportation requirements for parent participation in driver education.

In this three-hour class, a TNTT nurse and TNTT Family Educator present factual information to illustrate the consequences of both safe and unsafe driving behavior, including the long term physical, emotional, legal and financial aftermath of an accident. The class demonstrates the reasons for and importance of following traffic laws and includes updated safety and adolescent trend information, including a review of the Graduated Licensing Laws and best practice recommendations that extend beyond the law.

School Driver Education

School Driver Education is a one-hour modification of the Family Drivers Education course and is designed for driver's education students, with or without their parents. The slide presentation is presented by a TNTT nurse and focuses on traffic safety education, including a modified Graduated Drivers License (GDL) law presentation. This presentation is requested and organized through driver's education teachers.

Substance Use Prevention for teens

This TNTT class is designed for teenagers and uses facts, figures and a fairly graphic slide presentation to demonstrate the reality of the effects of unsafe driving behavior, plus underage alcohol or other drug use.

The high school program is the toughest of all. It include pictures of students who were killed in crashes. Kids need to understand that death is a real possibility when anyone engages in reckless behavior. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of teenagers. Once a child turns 15, his or her chance of dying in a car crash increases seven times. For this age group, we stress the need for lots of driving practice and experience, and include information about motorcycles, driving at excessive speeds and drinking and driving. The more real you make the affects on people, the more the message will stick in the minds of the students.

TNTT talks to children about traffic safety

Designed for children in kindergarten through 7th grades and their parents, this class focuses on pedestrian, bicycle and auto safety.

For grades kindergarten through 2nd, we accentuate the positive as much as possible. It is necessary to briefly cover what the brain does, so they can understand how important it is to keep their brain safe. We do this in a fun way by playing a short game of "Simon Says" and discussing what part of the body is essential for playing the game. As the younger grades are very impressionable, they do not need the material to be as hard-hitting as for the older students.

Almost as many children in this younger age group die as a result of being hit by cars as die as passengers in cars. It is very difficult to teach about this, since most of these kids think they know all there is about crossing a street. Because as many as 50 percent of auto/pedestrian incidents happen in crosswalks, we emphasize that defensive pedestrian techniques need to be practiced for street safety. The safest message is that small children should only cross busy streets if an adult is available to help them.

This is also true of driving a bicycle in the street. Bicycles are vehicles and we now use the term bicycle driver to emphasize that in the street, a bicyclist is required to follow all the rules every other vehicle driver follows. A child should not be allowed to drive a bicycle in the street until the he/she is at least nine years old, has taken a bicycle course and has proven on a number of bike rides with an adult that he/she understands and follow the rules of the road. Grades three through five require the message to be tougher than the younger grades. Boys, especially at this age, may be engaging in reckless behavior and may think the message is sissy stuff. We have found, however, that once the presentation is under way, they pay close attention to what is said and shown.

Grades six through nine usually involve major school transitions and are at risk for involvement with alcohol and other drugs, so we also talk about what these risks can cause in any recreational activity. We also place more emphasis on motor vehicle use and abuse. Even though they may not be driving, they may still be in situations where they are tempted to ride with someone who is driving in an unsafe manner.