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King-Murphy fourth graders are helping Clear Creek Public Health explain COVID-19 to other children. They recorded questions last week about the pandemic that experts will answer, and the Q-and-A’s …
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King-Murphy fourth graders are helping Clear Creek Public Health explain COVID-19 to other children.
They recorded questions last week about the pandemic that experts will answer, and the Q-and-A’s will be put into videos shared with the community by the end of October, according to Chris Crouse, Clear Creek’s CSU Extension agent and the county’s COVID-19 public information officer.
The questions included, “What is a virus?” “Why do we need to wash our hands?” and “What can you do to keep yourself and others safe?” Students had the opportunity to provide answers.
Fourth grader Nathan Levy asked, “What is a vaccine?” and he defined it as a liquid that heals an illness.
Fourth grader Jievani Ryan asked, “Why do COVID-19 variants spread so quickly?” and she said it was because the virus is “super-strong that it spreads quickly before you can do anything about it.”
Crouse explained that the questions will be split into three videos: pandemics and COVID-19, COVID-19 prevention, and COVID-19 vaccines. The videos will be distributed through the Extension website, on the Clear Creek County COVID-19 page, through 4-H and more.
Two CSU Extension interns, guided by Dr. Elizabeth Ryan, a CSU professor, worked last summer on a variety of projects including helping children at Kidz Korner in Idaho Springs with gardening, and teaching them about healthy eating and healthy ecosystems, in addition to working on the videos.
The interns, Crouse explained, videotaped some Kidz Korner children asking questions for the project, but the outside noise made them difficult to hear. So they re-recorded the questions after asking King-Murphy administration and parents for permission.
The students are like news reporters asking questions, and the interns are providing the answers, she explained.
The videos, she said, are in line with CSU’s mission of providing Colorado communities with research-based, fact-based information.
Ryan, an associate professor in the Toxicology, Cancer, Biology and Nutrition Laboratory at CSU, was the videographer at King-Murphy, and the interns will create the final kid-friendly video.
Dr. Tim Ryan, Clear Creek public health director and Elizabeth Ryan’s husband, explained that providing accurate information about the pandemic was important, especially for children who might not understand why school has changed in the last two years.
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