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Learn how to keep kids safe around firearms at this FREE event!  70% of children under the age of 10 know where their parents store their gun and 36% report that they have handled the gun without their parents’ knowledge. This event is an effort to provide information about gun safety and how to keep our children safe, so they have an opportunity to grow up.  Please join this important discussion, which will cover:

  • How to talk with family and friends about gun safety
  • Safe practices around the use and storage of guns
  • Identification of risk factors that jeopardize safety, including suicide
  • Ways to keep our kids, loved ones and community safe from unintentional gun injury and death

This presentation and conversation WILL NOT include debates around gun ownership, legislation or the politics surrounding guns and firearms. Too many lives have been tragically lost and/or changed forever because we as a society have been reluctant to discuss this important health and safety issue.

About the presenter and facilitator, Christine Peavler:  Chris comes to BeSMART as a previous corporate trainer (18 years at DENSO Manufacturing) and human resources consultant with a BA from Albion College and an MA from Western Michigan University. She now advocates for the health, safety and well-being of children, particularly those who experience mental and physical challenges. A mother of two Gull Lake graduates (2012 & 2016) and a third in 2020 (hopefully!), Christine has been active in Gull Lake schools throughout the past 17 years.  Christine also helps lead Boy Scout Troop 294, serves on Gull Lake Community School’s Youth Area Depression Committee  and represents parent interests in a regional  network of education professionals dedicated to improving education for those with autism.  Additionally, she is active on Kalamazoo’s County-Wide Transition team that endeavors to improve the way in which our community prepares special needs students for life after high school. Though not a direct victim of gun violence, it pains her deeply when our most innocent and vulnerable are traumatized, have their young lives forever changed through injury, or are shot to death. “Our future depends on each of us doing our part to keep kids safe, and I believe BeSMART is an effective way to start.”