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Explore Safety

The program

Explore Safety is a program that encourages elementary school students to integrate safety into every activity. The program is simple: teachers submit a safety-related project proposal and, in return, we give them for $200 for their classroom.

Whether it’s in the classroom, in the playground, at home or at work, we are asking students and teachers to put their heads together and think about how they can incorporate safety into their daily lives.

Why participate?

  • To help students think about the importance of safety in their day-to-day activities
  • To brings funds into the classroom
  • To meet curriculum objectives

Project theme ideas

Examples of themes for these projects are:

  • Dream jobs: what are the potential hazards and safety considerations?
  • Bullying and how it affects mental health
  • How to avoid back injuries
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Social media and how it affects mental health
  • How to asses risks in everyday life

These examples are provided for inspiration. Classrooms are encouraged to think creatively and come up with their own Explore Safety project proposals.

Who can participate?

Any Yukon elementary school classroom — from kindergarten to Grade 7 — is welcome and encouraged to submit a proposal. A total of five winners will be chosen.

The prize

Successful proposals will receive $200 for the classroom. The money does not have to be used for the proposed project. It can be spent however the classroom sees fit.

The proposal

Project proposals should be no longer than one paragraph and include:

  • A brief description of the project, and
  • The reason(s) your class wants to undertake it now.

Projects are chosen based on: innovation, relevance to the theme and potential impact.

How to submit

Send your proposal in the body of an email to natalie.thivierge@gov.yk.ca with the subject line “Explore Safety”. Submissions should be completed by teachers. Only one proposal per classroom is allowed.

Following up

Outreach staff from the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board may visit your classroom to take photos of the project once it is completed.