Leland Elementary students learn how to become heroes at home

Leland Elementary students learn how to become heroes at home

Above, Leland Street Elementary students portray ‘victims’ during a demonstration by first-responders as part of a My Safe: LA assembly.

L.A. Unified students learn that first-responders – the law-enforcement officials, firefighters and paramedics who react during times of crisis – are heroes for helping those in need.

Last week at Leland Street Elementary School, third through sixth-graders learned how they can be heroes too.

Los Angeles firefighter Kevin Smith demonstrates extrication equipment for students at Leland Elementary School.

My Safe: LA, a nonprofit group that delivers fire and safety education in Los Angeles, taught children about natural disasters, and the importance of working out an escape plan with their families ahead of time, as well as establishing a gathering place outdoors.

“A lot of people in this room are considered heroes,” said Todd Leitz, the communications director for My Safe:LA. “We have a lot of great firefighters helping us in our efforts today. But did you know you can be a hero, too? You guys can be a hero by taking what you learn today, and sharing it at home with parents, and people you live with, and loved ones, and help them get better prepared for a natural disaster.

“Then, I’d consider you to be heroes,” he said.

Leland, in San Pedro, and El Dorado Elementary in Sylmar, each hosted a safety fair. At each campus, students viewed a firetruck, ambulance and other emergency-response equipment. Los Angeles firefighters demonstrated these tools and how they are used to provide medical treatment during an emergency.

But the most important message to come out of the assembly is that students should talk to their parents or guardians.

Students Lexi Lopez, left, and Latroyce Talley plan to talk about disaster preparedness with their families.

“What’s going to come out of this is the kids will go home, and make escape plans with their families,” said Principal Lora Caudill, who earlier this year helped to organize a week-long charity drive in San Pedro for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

“Our students learned that in natural disasters, you can’t be too prepared. We’re doing our best to be prepared at school and giving students the opportunity to have family escape plans at home, and to take that initiative to help plan something at home.”

That’s exactly what some students were planning to do.

“I’m going to try to think of an escape plan, and teach my Mom about all the things I learned,” said Lexi Lopez, a third-grader. Standing nearby, Latroyce Talley, a sixth-grader, agreed with her about talking to parents. “I’m going to ask them if we can make an escape plan, too.”

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