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Safe Sitter® Class at RCH Marks 20 Years of Teaching

For 20 years, Rochelle Community Hospital has been teaching Safe Sitter® classes to area youth after becoming a teaching site on October 20, 1995. There are over 850 registered Safe Sitter® teaching sites throughout the nation.

According to class rosters kept by Safe Sitter over the years, more than 500 students have completed the RCH class. One instructor, Donna Trout, R.N. has been a certified instructor since March 19, 1999 and was recently recognized by Safe Sitter® for 20 years of teaching. Additional certified instructors are Donna Williams, R.N. (3 years) and Angela Villarreal, R.N. (1 year).

Safe Sitter is the only national nonprofit training program devoted to preparing young teens to be safe in unsupervised settings, whether home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The class curriculum is medically accurate, developmentally appropriate and constantly updated. Safe Sitter classes teach young boys and girls, typically ages 11-14, how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.  Safe Sitters will learn:

· What to do if a child stops breathing

· How to call for emergency assistance

· How to perform basic child care skills (diapering, feeding, etc.)

· How to entertain children and keep them safe

· How to manage the “business of babysitting.”

A class fee of $35 covers the Safe Sitter® program (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and includes materials. Classes are held in the Training Room at the hospital and students need to bring a sack lunch.

Class dates for this summer are:  Tuesday, June 14 and Tuesday, July 26.  You may register on-line at, call Angela Villarreal, RCH Manager of Education and Organizational Development at 815-562-2181, ext. 2581 or email

Pictured left to right are: Donna Williams, RN and Donna Trout, RN.




Janet Stewart

RCH Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator