The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey (EFNJ) has been tackling the topic of epilepsy in schools all over the New Jersey. In fact, since 2007 the organization, in conjunction with the Anita Kaufmann Foundation, has educated over 20,000 fifth grade students on the topic of epilepsy using a program called Thinking About Epilepsy.
The 40 minute presentation, which is offered at NO COST, was created to increase awareness and to reduce stigma’s about epilepsy. In each presentation, the 5th graders are taught how to recognize different seizure types and provide the proper first aid.
“The presentation was informative, interactive, and well received by our students and staff. The students are now more comfortable with the topic of epilepsy.” – School Nurse Memorial School
If you are interested in arranging a presentation or have a connection with any school that may benefit from this program please call Jenna Andolora of the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey. You can reach her at 1-800-336-5843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking About Epilepsy is coming to the following schools in 2010. Is your school scheduled?
Cherry Street School-Bridgetown
Richard Butler School-Butler
Nicholas S. LaCorte #3-Elizabeth
Alexander Sullivan School-Jersey City
Nicolaus Copernicus School-Jersey City
PS 29-Jersey City
All Saints Regional Catholic-Manahawkin
Marlboro Elem. School-Marlboro
Netcong Elem. School-Netcong
Walter M. Schirra- Old Bridge
Harmony Township School-Phillipsburg
East Dover Elem School-Toms River
Birches Elem School- Turnersville
Robert Waters School-Union City
Brookside Elem. School-Westwood
Does this sound like a program you would want to bring to your school? Let me know what you think about talking about epilepsy with kids.