New LeadSmart School Program launches in Broken Hill
The Broken Hill Environmental Lead Program (BHELP) achieved another significant milestone in September with the launch of a new LeadSmart School Program.
“The EPA is excited to be part of this very successful program which is looking to reduce elevated blood lead levels in children aged zero to 4 years old,” Gary Whytcross, EPA Regional Director South and West told EPA Connect.
“Our Senior Community Consultation Officer Shannon Minnis and Project Manager Peter Oldsen were key contributors to the design of the program alongside qualified teachers, to develop a curriculum-linked, school-based program,” Gary said.
Shannon Minnis explained the risks of lead exposure in Broken Hill.
“Lead has accumulated here over many years in the dust, dirt and soil in and around homes and in public spaces,” Shannon said.
“However, lead safety awareness is important for communities everywhere, particularly if they’re gardening or renovating their home.”
Broken Hill Environmental Lead Program Steering Committee Chairperson Marion Browne said the LeadSmart program will deliver lifelong learning outcomes about lead, so that children are equipped with the skills to address the local lead issue into the future.
“The teacher-led component of the program includes lesson plans, activity sheets and interactive whiteboard resources, and runs from preschool up to Year 6,” Ms Browne said.
“And to make the program even more engaging, unique and exciting, Lead Ted Junior roadshow has been created for preschool up to Year 2 children.
“The roadshow is delivered by a trained facilitator employed by BHELP Rebecca Black,, alongside life-sized program mascot, Lead Ted Junior, and features songs, games, animations and dancing to deliver important LeadSmart messages.”
Check out the website
Education is one of three key focus areas of the independent, government-funded Broken Hill Environmental Lead Program. The LeadSmart website shows the broad range of approaches - including non-regulatory - that the EPA is involved in.