Who Is Your 2021 Hero?

The Cenotaph*
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Who Is Your 2021 Hero?
Attention: Science educators, STEM advocates, professionals in public health, school health, environmental health, facilities management, IAQ, IPM, health and safety, lab safety, school security, emergency and risk management, asthma educators, first responders, school administrators, nurses, advocates, parents and students.

Do you know someone whose sense of responsibility, inspirational leadership, and exemplary persistence and courage protects children from school hazards and unhealthy conditions?

Send your hero's story, name and email address by January 10, 2021 to ellie.goldberg@healthy-kids.info.

The Healthy Kids Hero Award was created as an annual opportunity to tell the story of the 1937 Texas School Explosion and to inspire leadership for school and community safety. 

March 18, 2021 is the 84rd anniversary of the 1937 Texas School Explosion -- the worst school disaster in American history. A gas explosion killed more than 300 people, mostly students in their new state-of-the-art public school where no expense had been spared except when it came to safety.
New London Museum Video 4:23  New London, Texas, was known 
as the richest independent school district in the United States...  
Lessons Learned. Lives Saved. The disaster resulted in a law that required adding a warning odor to natural gas, thus saving millions of lives all over the world. However, the false economies and short-sighted decisions that led to the 1937 explosion are still common in too many schools today. 

Let's make March 18 an annual day to prioritize the values and technical skills we need to live safely with 21st century chemicals and technology.

*Photo (Ellie Goldberg, March 2005) The cenotaph, erected in 1939 is the memorial to victims of the 1937 school explosion.