Robert Ballinger(410) 537-3012
BALTIMORE (October 21, 2007) The Maryland Department of the Environment in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE, with the assistance of EnviroHealth Connections – a cooperative project of the Institute for Urban Environmental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – and Maryland Public Television, are providing four lead poisoning prevention lessons in Maryland classrooms during Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Week, October 21-27.
Childhood lead poisoning is the number one preventable environmental health problem in Maryland and nationwide. Every year thousands of children and adults are accidentally poisoned by lead, and the tragedy is that nearly all lead poisoning is preventable.
The lesson plans in health, chemistry, environmental health, and government are available on-line at www.Thinkport.org for use by all teachers. The lessons are designed to raise awareness about lead poisoning during Lead Poisoning Awareness Week; however they can be used at anytime throughout the school year. The lesson plans will include:
Throughout these lessons students will learn what they specifically can do to help prevent lead poisoning in their own families, as well as where to go for more information.
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