Patronis Elementary School students teach kids about beach safety

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 5:45 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - When it comes to beach safety, third-grade students at Patronis Elementary School know what they’re talking about.

“Double red flags you cannot go in the water. There will be bigger waves than any other flag. There could be a pretty big rip current,” Student Ava Wilson said.

“When there’s a purple flag there’s jellyfish, there’s stingrays. A lot of animals that could probably sting you and stuff,” Student Jackson Bellomy said.

Now, these students are making sure other kids know these things too.

“Kids by nature just want to be rule followers and they want to do the right thing so just taking that opportunity to educate our youth and have them spread that knowledge is so important,” Jackie Talano, a third-grade teacher at Patronis Elementary School, said.

The students teamed up with Panama City Beach Beach Safety and Pineapple Willy’s to help save some lives.

“I do think it’s cool,” Student Leo Maytum said.

They put together a video teaching kids the rules of the beach.

“Kids can teach kids better sometimes than adults can teach kids,” Panama City Beach Mayor Mark Sheldon said.

It isn’t just a rundown of the flag system, they also explain how to get out of scary situations.

“You get stuck in a rip current, you go parallel to get out of rip currents,” Maytum said.

It’s a project students said they’re proud to be a part of.

“I feel happy because I know I’m probably saving lives and I think it’s really cool that a lot of people are knowing how to stay safe,” Bellomy said.

Thursday, Mayor Sheldon presented a Civic Achievement Award to the third-grade class so the students know just how cool it is to make a difference.

You can see the students’ beach safety video on Youtube.

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