|Pre-Kindergarten three teacher, India Patrick, has taught the same curriculum on community multiple times during her tenure at Early Childhood Academy PCS; this time a life was impacted.
Three-year-old, Harlem, dialed 911 after his grandmother, Kimberly, fainted from a panic attack.
“I am so thankful for Ms. Patrick teaching him. I have really bad panic attacks and I pass out. I felt one coming on, I told him to hold my hand because it’s just [the two of us] us. I had a cell phone and he used it. When I came to, [the EMT] were all there", said Kimberly.
As an extension of the text A day in the life of a Firefighter, Ms. Patrick taught all fifteen of her students how to dial 911. “In a section within that book, it [shows] firefighters...teach[ing] fire safety and what to do in case of an emergency. We...get children involved by doing activities that mirror what the firefighter would teach them. [They] learn how to dial 911 and what to say to the dispatcher.”
“Harlem was funny because he would write 911 but when we would ask him what number you would dial, he would say '9-9-1'”, says Ms. Patrick with a grin and a chuckle. “We kept telling him if you make a mistake and dial the wrong number, just hang up the phone and try again. But remember the number is 9-1-1."
Harlem may have had trouble remembering the correct number to dial in class, but practice makes perfect. When it counted most, Harlem got it right on the first try.