Fairfield University School of Nursing students perform 'Mr. Lead Spot' to mark National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

To mark 'Lead Poisoning Prevention Week,' students of Fairfield University's School of Nursing performed "Mr. Lead Spot" puppet shows in Bridgeport to teach children about the dangers of lead paint exposure.

Image: School of Nursing puppet show
Pictured (L-R): Fairfield University nursing
students Jacqueline Brenia, Lucy Bermudez
and Kristen Amodio educated children at
the Jamie A. Hulley Child Care Center
in Bridgeport about the dangers of
lead paint.
Image: School of Nursing puppet show
Fairfield University student Jacqueline Brenia
takes part in the School of Nursing's
LEAP efforts.

The students' community outreach efforts are a major part of Lead Elimination Action Program (LEAP), a public health program targeting children at-risk for lead paint poisoning that offers financial assistance for families to make their homes lead safe. LEAP is a partnership between the School of Nursing and the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (BNT). For more information about LEAP, call (203) 332-7977.

Fairfield students have also been performing the shows in Trumbull and Stratford as part of a course, 'Nursing of Children and Family,' taught by Eileen O'Shea, DNP, RN, assistant professor of nursing.

Photos by Jean Santopatre

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 30, 2009

Vol. 42, No. 112