First-Graders Raise Awareness to Support BFA Fairfax Classmate

Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step – Plan and manage instruction around problems relevant to students and their community and develop solutions for authentic audiences

Mrs. Boutin’s First Grade class game together during their morning meeting, on November 14, to learn about World Diabetes Day and diabetes awareness. They all wore blue in support of their classmate, Victoria, who has Type 1 diabetes. They learned information about diabetes and how it affects those living with it.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 each year as part of an awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.

Each student received a blue CURE diabetes bracelet from Victoria and her Mother, as a symbol of support for those with diabetes.

The global symbol for diabetes is the blue circle to signify the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health and the color blue reflects the sky that unites all nations.

Diabetes affects nearly 24 million Americans (7.8 percent of the population). In the U.S., a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year.  Forty-one children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each and every day. More than $174 billion is spent annually on healthcare costs related to diabetes in the United States.

Students heard a story about diabetes and learned how they could be a good friend in support of others who have diabetes. It was a very informative and engaging morning for all!

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