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Geronimo students learn about health and safety

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GERONIMO, OK (KSWO) -Students in Geronimo got an up close and personal look into the world of health and safety.

Senior nursing students at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing in Lawton hosted the event as part of their graduation requirement. The event was geared toward 2nd- through 8th-graders, and focused on bullying, proper tooth hygiene and weather safety. SkyWARN 7 meteorologist Zac Scott was there with the interceptor along with members of the Geronimo Police Department and Geronimo Fire Department.

The nurses at the event believe Thursday's fair will have a life-changing effect on students because they'll be better informed on how to make smarter choices when it comes to their health.

Students started out by going from booth to booth talking to student nurses about topics like how to protect yourself from bugs and the diseases they carry and how to properly take care of their teeth.

Student nurse Javier Cuevas-Santos says the kids were excited to talk about these things because it effects them.

"If you ask the kids, ‘do you appreciate us coming?’ They'll say yes. I didn't know this about flooding, or I didn't know this about the importance of drinking electrolytes in your water or I didn't know about cleaning my teeth every day, brushing and flossing," Cuevas-Santos said.

From there, the students went on to talk to about how to stay safe during sever weather.

"We can tell you where the storms are and then we can tell you if there's a tornado or not to keep you safe,” Zac Scott explained.

Next, it was time to tackle harder topics like smoking and drugs. The student nurses demonstrated how smoking made it difficult to breathe and other negative effects a person faces when they chose to do drugs. The kids also learned the importance of being able to trust law enforcement in the community from Geronimo Police Chief David Johnston.

"They need to know these people, the need to know that these are the people they can come to when they have problems. They don't need to be afraid of them," Chief Johnston said.

At the end of the day, Cuevas-Santos says being able to provide young students with an opportunity to learn about health and safety is an honor.

"If anything, it's an opportunity for me to show them that I care about them. That I play a role in promoting their health,” Cuevas-Santos said.

In all, five first responders units took part in the event, including OU Medical Center’s MediFlight.

This is the sixth year for the health and safety event. The OU College of Nursing in Lawton says they have several more planned for the rest of the year.

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