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North Clay students try life with a baby

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Baby-Think-It-Over Coordinator Michelle Lee fastens a wristband to a student's hand that fits into the back of a "baby." The eight-grade health students at North Clay Middle School take the babies' home for one night this week. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Watch out, the crying baby-dolls are out.

The Wabash Valley Community Foundation Grant of Clay County awarded an $8,000 grant to run three programs at North Clay Middle School and Clay City Junior/Senior High School.

The grant, which Director Kandace Brown received in October, is being used to run the Character-Based Programs at the schools.

"We are so appreciative to the grant board," Brown told The Brazil Times. "This has helped us so much."

One program that is benefiting from the grant is the Baby-Think-It-Over program (BTIO), which gives students the opportunity to take home a baby doll with a computer inside of it. The computer, which simulates the actual schedule of a baby, is random and each one is different.

"Some students receive a colic baby," she said, "While other students receive a baby that can sleep through the night. With 20 different schedules and 20 different babies it really is a toss up on who will get what."

The students have to "feed," "rock," "burp" and "change the diaper," as well as deal with the late night crying.

The computer inside the doll tells the teacher about the reaction time and movements of the student while handling the "baby."

The second program is the Creating Positive Relations (CPR), which puts teens in role playing positions and skits of dealing with the consequences of their actions.

"Due to early onset of sexual activity the students explore the reality of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease," Brown said.

The third program, Peers Educating Peers, is more of a mentor component.

High school students go to the students in the middle school and explain the importance of choosing abstinence.

"It isn't just about abstinence of sex but any high-risk activity," she said. "This includes drugs, alcohol, tobacco and bullying. All the topics are addressed because one often follows another and they all work together."

Due to the changes in the government, Brown said the funding for the character-based programs could be in jeopardy.

"We will continue to search and find funding. Our goal is to have the best future possible for our students," she said.

Brown wanted to thank the other educators and teachers that work with her for the success of the students.

"Chris and Michelle Lee as well as Chris Gregg," Brown said. "The schools for being so supportive, North Clay's Vicki Eaton, Kevin Kumpf and Mr. Allen, along with Clay City's Scott Stucky and Mr. Bell. We all believe that when the youth are healthy, then the community will be healthy."

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It gives the students a hands on experience to be with the babies like their parents did for them. It is a good experience for the students to learn that babies are a big responsilbities to have to change the diapers,feed the baby.burp and especially love it like it was your own baby.

-- Posted by AmayaTsuki on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 1:14 PM

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