Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Elementary school students(1-5)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
The 4th grade class read a book about the brain prior to my coming to their classroom. During the time we reviewed what the brain does, how important it is and how to keep the brain healthy, discussed decision making and how to make good decisions when interacting with friends, discussed how brains learn new things, discussed brain damage and how the brain can use other parts to get better. The kids had lots of questions and some even talked about friends or family members who had brain injuries and how they kept learning new things.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
Other Publicity Methods:
Not publicized - in school/classroom event
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- It’s Mindboggling!
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Fact Sheets
- Lesson Plans
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Having a week to focus on Brain Awareness and the support of a major organization lends credibility to the event. Teachers love the goodies and know that it's a nation-wide event not just a parent of a student who thinks it's a good idea to talk about the brain. There have been follow-up questions after I talked to the class.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
In past years, I've had an activity for the class to do. I didn't prepare this year but at the request of the teacher answered questions. I think the kids are more engaged when there's an activity too.
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