Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 8:36 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Safe Sitters learn variety of skills

South Peninsula Hospital recently completed "Safe Sitter" training for six Homer area students ages 11-14. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the participants and the skills they gained during a very full couple of days during their spring break. Safe Sitters learn business skills, first aide, social skills, basic resuscitation of infants and children as well as first aide and behavior management.

The South Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary sews wallets for the students for the purpose of holding their certification cards. Safe Sitters bring a backpack full of needed items and their "credentials" with them to every babysitting job. On behalf of the hospital, I would like to thank the Auxiliary for this thoughtful contribution to the program. The parents also deserve a round of thanks for supporting their children in being well prepared for the responsibilities of babysitting and the more distant role of parenting. As the Safe Sitter motto so aptly states: "Better Sitters Today. Better Parents Tomorrow."

Mary Fries, RN,

Health educator

South Peninsula Hospital


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