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American Red Cross of Branch and Calhoun Counties Offer Free Summer Youth Programs

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 3, 2014 — As the school year wraps up, the American Red Cross of Branch and Calhoun Counties is offering free summer programs for children.


The classes will be offered on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. from June 17 to July 22 at the Bronson Library located at 207 N. Matteson St. in Bronson. Courses are geared toward educating youth about natural disasters, hygiene, home safety and more.


“It’s so important to teach kids about safety and preparedness at an early age,” said Katy Lagoni, Branch Manager at the Red Cross of Branch and Calhoun Counties. “We’re pleased to partner with Bronson Library to offer these courses to young people in our community so they can learn these important skills and share them with their families.”


The dates and topics of the classes are as follows:


  • June 17 – Be Ready 1, 2, 3 – Learn how to prepare for and respond to severe weather including tornadoes, winter storms, and thunderstorms
  • June 24 – Whale Tales – Learn helpful tips for being safe in and around water this summer
  • July 1 – Fire Safety – Learn about the mechanics, dangers, and proper response for house fires
  • July 8 – Basic Aid Training/First Aid – Learn how to prepare for and respond to emergencies using Check-Call-Care and what to to do until help arrives
  • July 15 – Circle, Circle, Dot-Dot – Learn about common school ailments: pink eye, strep throat, and lice.
  • July 22 – Safe on My Own – Learn how to be safe staying at home alone or with siblings


Additionally, on June 20 from 11-11:30 a.m., there will be a Scrubby Bear Presentation at Bronson Library. During the presentation, kids will learn about germs, how they are spread, and how we can get rid of them. Scrubby will teach kids how to properly wash their hands and stay healthy.


For more information on how to donate funds or blood, get trained in lifesaving skills or become a volunteer with the American Red Cross, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.