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ProLiteracy Extends Fire Safety Campaign through August 2011

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ProLiteracy Extends Fire Safety Campaign through August 2011

ProLiteracy, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing adult literacy and basic education in the nation, is pleased to announce that the Keys to Safety campaign has been extended through August 2011 with generous funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters—Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program.

Keys to Safety is ProLiteracy's national effort to help adult learners access the information they need to protect themselves and their families from home fires. Since the launch of the campaign in February 2011, more than 1,000 sets of Keys to Safety campaign materials and 450 Home Safety Literacy Project kits have been distributed. Across 30 states, 131 organizations have officially joined the effort. Together, these organizations will reach an anticipated 14,106 students working with 2,063 instructors. Forty-four of the participating programs are partnering with other local organizations including fire departments, churches, adult basic education/literacy providers, community-based organizations, police departments, health departments, Red Cross offices, and hardware stores.

Feedback on the Keys to Safety campaign has been overwhelmingly positive:

“Fire safety is a huge component of the campaign, so in addition to the related lessons we worked with our local fire department to schedule a presentation. While I expected a short lecture followed by questions and answers, the presentation turned out to be comprehensive and wholly informative. The presenter arrived with a huge box on wheels, which housed a giant "doll house" equipped with a remote control. Throughout the presentation she lit up various rooms, created smoke, and simulated "electric shocks." The students loved it!

– Sarah Schmidt, Holyoke Works

“The campaign materials were very helpful in the distribution of information to students and general public. The program received ongoing support during the event planning process from Katie Schisa, Keys to Safety project manager. The program is very pleased at the outcome of collaborative efforts and support with this project.”

– Felicia Holland, Trident Literacy Association

A representative of the North Charlotte Fire Department talks with Trident Literacy Association
GED students at TLA's recent Keys to Safety workshop in Charleston, SC.

“I just wanted to send you an email to let you know I used your webpage. I'm an elementary school teacher, and our school year is almost over. I'm compiling a resource list for parents about things to do over the summer and summer safety. Your page had some great information and resources for this. Thanks so much for compiling them!”

-- Robyn Sanders, Valley Charter Schools

“I'm writing to thank you very much for the Home Safety Literacy Project kits that I picked up from the office last week. Wow, they're outstanding...I opened one of the two boxed kits that arrived and saw all of the materials and pencils that were gifted to our organization--Orleans County Adult Learning Services (OCALS).”

--Rose Ruck, OCALS

“On April 29,, the New York State Citizen Preparedness Program (CPP) in conjunction with the American Red Cross of Central New York put on a New Citizens’ Fair at Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse, NY. The event reaches out to immigrant and refugee populations to spread the message of community awareness and disaster preparedness and education. Twenty Central New York agencies and organizations attended. CPP distributed preparedness materials and provided basic training to any attendee who had questions. The major set of materials used was the Home Safety Literacy Project kit provided through ProLiteracy. We reached approximately 250 adults of various levels of literacy and English-speaking and comprehension skills. The event was extremely successful.”

--Chris Blansett, NYS Citizen Preparedness Program, Syracuse Red Cross

Chris Blansett of the Red Cross's Citizen Preparedness Program (CPP) shares safety information with
recently resettled immigrants at the New Citizens' Fair at the Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse, NY.

“Throughout the campaign, ProLiteracy has been thrilled to collaborate with many organizations including the Home Safety Council, the Syracuse Fire Department, the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Communications, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, and Oklahoma State Fire Protection Publications,” says David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “We are grateful for the many contributions made by staff from each of these groups, as well as the engagement of instructors, tutors, program managers, and adult learners across the nation. The campaign truly would not have been possible without the efforts of these dedicated individuals, and we look forward to continued success during the summer!”

More Information/ Requesting Materials
For more information, visit the Keys to Safety website or contact Project Manager Katie Schisa at or (315) 422-9121 ext. 250.

Programs can request print copies of the campaign folder online until August 15, 2011. Please note that due to high demand, print copies of the Home Safety Literacy Project kit are not available. If you would like to be notified if the printed kits become available in the future, contact

Stay Tuned
ProLiteracy will continue to share new Keys to Safety lessons and success stories from campaign participants on the Keys to Safety website until the campaign ends in August 2011. Stay updated on campaign progress by checking the homepage often, adding us to your RSS reader, or joining us on Twitter or Facebook!

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