This year Lifeline of Ohio’s community educators go back to school with an exciting new resource: the “Together We Can Save Lives” teacher kit.

organ donation informationThe kit, funded by the Second Chance Trust Fund, is designed to be used as part of our classroom presentations on organ and tissue donation or used as a stand-alone resource for high school educators wanting to teach the subject on their own.

The kit’s 43 page booklet provides a wealth of information about donation and contains activities to help students learn about the “Gift of Life” and feel prepared to make an educated decision when asked if they want to register as organ and tissue donors when receiving their driver permit or license.

Instructors can use the kit to access information about the donation process, quizzes, activity sheets and a PowerPoint presentation for an on-their-own presentation or use the activity and assessment pages to enhance our visit.

Also included in the kit are two versions of the powerful new video, “Legacy of Life, A Story of Teen Heroes” featuring family and friends of Andrew and Erin Ehbar chronicling the students’ “Gifts of Life.” The shorter, nine-minute version tells the story of the brother and sister’s donation following a tragic motor vehicle accident. The longer version includes their story, an explanation of brain death and provides more in-depth information on the transplantable organs and tissue.

While organ and tissue donation programming has traditionally targeted health classes, the kit addresses math, social studies, family and consumer sciences and English academic content standards that teachers can fulfill while implementing the lessons from the kit. This is an exciting expansion of our programming opportunities that will hopefully lead to more teachers including organ and tissue donation education in their classrooms!

A hardcopy kit can be requested through Lifeline of Ohio or it can be downloaded from the featured pages on Donate Life Ohio website and Facebook page.

To learn more about the kit, or request a presentation from one of our expert community educators to visit your classroom, click here.

– Ron Packard, community education manager