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AUKause Launches "Save the Children" Campaign


The students of the American University of Kuwait (AUK) Refuse to be Ordinary. In keeping with its commitment to service, AUK launched an annual thematic service campaign "AUKause". Each year, students will choose a cause and devote the entire academic year to addressing the cause through service activities and engagement. The inaugural theme for the 2014-2015 academic year is Save the Children; a year-long campaign that promotes the welfare of children through various activities.

This December's Save the Children theme was Kid Car Safety under the slogan #BeKauseImLoved. Throughout the month, the American United School of Kuwait (AUS) will join efforts with AUK to teach kids the principles of road safety through a variety of events. The campaign kicked off with a trip to the Porsche Kids Driving School (PKDS), in which 190 children, from KG to Grade 2 students at AUS, got an opportunity to learn about road safety. Accompanied by AUK student volunteers and AUS teachers, the kids were allowed to drive down the Porsche school tracks while following the safety regulations they have been taught.

"The Porsche event was a great way to teach road safety. Students were able to experience the road and follow traffic laws, as their parents do each day. I also saw 3 students during recess today holding hands to cross the tricycle path on the playground. One of the girls said, "NO! Look both ways before crossing the street!," Said Ms. Russell; AUS Pre-K chaperon.

The students were thrilled with the experience, according to the chaperones. The AUS teachers asked the children who partook in the excursion for their opinions on the experience. Some of the comments were:

"I learned about the four golden rules about being safe in a car. 1. Click your seat belt.2. Keep your head and arms inside 3. Look, listen when you cross the road 4. No mobiles in the car please!" -Aisha; Second grade.

"When I got in the car, my mommy was talking on her phone and I told her to put it away.......then I said please" -Retaj; Pre-K.

"I liked learning about putting my seatbelt on." -Trenton; Pre-K

The Kid Car Safety campaign is not only targeting children, but also their parents who play a major role in protecting them. On Saturday, December 13th, AUK student volunteers are planning a Traffic Takeover from 10am-1pm, in which they will hold posters at the Gulf Road traffic lights, from the Scientific Center to the Kuwait Towers, to raise awareness on road safety. The campaign, which has been supported by the Ministry of Interior, will feature another activity to be held at the 360 Mall on December 20th, where parents are encouraged to sign pledges to secure their kids in car seats, use seatbelts and practice safe driving habits.

Members of the AUKause organization have planned a series of activities that launched in October with a winter clothes drive for children, and will conclude with a CPR safety class for children in May. Other activities throughout the year will include a collegiate and sibling cartoon marathon, a carnival, and an alternative Spring Break trip, where students will travel to another country and engage in numerous service activities aimed to benefit children.

Images from the Trip

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 10th December 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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