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May 21, 2004

Safe Sitter classes



RANSON, W.Va. - Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys ages 11 to 13 will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 14, and Tuesday, June 15, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $35. To register your child or his baby sitter, call 1-304-728-1693.

The goal of Safe Sitters is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Safe Sitter participants also receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers. They can learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They also receive information on child development and age-appropriate activities. And they learn about the business aspects of baby-sitting.

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To successfully complete the program, the students must pass a practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key components of the course and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.




Sign language classes



Deafnet Association will hold the following sign language classes:

  • An evening Basic I class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Monday, June 7. The 10-week class is open to those ages 12 and older, and will continue until Aug. 16, with no class on July 5. Registration is $75, including materials. No prerequisite is required. Registration is required by Wednesday, June 2.

  • A daytime Basic I class will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning Wednesday, June 2. The 10-week class is open to those ages 12 and older and will continue until Aug. 4. Registration is $75, including materials. No prerequisite is required. Registration is required by Wednesday, May 26.

  • A summer sign language practice class will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, June 7, at City Park in Hagerstown. The practice class is open to all current and former sign language individuals and all deaf individuals. The class is free to all participants. Registration is required by Wednesday, June 2.

  • A children's summer basic sign language class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday, June 5. The eight-week class is open to children ages 6 to 12 and will continue until July 31 with no class on July 3. Registration is $35, including materials. Registration is required by Friday, May 28.



Parents of deaf children or children of deaf parents can contact Deafnet for special rates.

All classes will be held at Deafnet Association, 551 Jefferson St., in Hagerstown, unless otherwise specified.

For information or to register, call Deafnet at 301-791-9025.

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