by Connor Watkins
“Better sitters today. Better parents tomorrow.” That’s the motto of
MUSC’s Safe Sitter program, a two-day course designed to train young
adolescents, ages 11 and older, to respond in the event of an emergency
when watching over a child. It is sponsored through the Volunteer and
Guest Services office.
This babysitting training program was founded in 1980 by former MUSC
resident Patricia A. Keener, M.D., assistant dean emeritus of medical
service learning at Indiana University School of Medicine, who is now
the program’s medical director responsible for managing 900 teaching
sites nationwide and in Great Britain.
Safe Sitter gives participants the confidence and knowledge to make
good decisions in the safe care of children, learn the fundamentals of
child care, prevent injuries, practice safe behaviors, and build other
necessary skills. MUSC has committed to be a registered Safe Sitter
“I took this class in my home town of Troy, Pennsylvania, when I was 11
years old and found the skills I learned to be invaluable,” said Kelly
Hedges, Volunteer and Guest Services, who is a certified Safe Sitter
instructor at MUSC. “It’s really thrilling for me to be teaching this
class 20 years later!”
The goal of this program is to provide participating youths with a
foundation to learn and build valuable life skills needed to be
responsible parents later in life.
Children who are interested in attending a 2009 Safe Sitter class can
register to attend one of two summer sessions, July 15-16 and
Aug.10-11, Room 2408, Ashley River Tower.
For more information, visit http://www.musc.edu/broadcast/show/ or call 876-4246.
Friday, July 3, 2009