Simulation Education Leaders Get Creative
with COVID Education for Elementary Students
Kansas City Regional Simulation Alliance created an educational, culturally diverse COVID-19 coloring book in partnership with Kansas City Art Institute to distribute to and share with schools throughout Kansas City.
February 17, 2021
Kansas City Regional Simulation Alliance (KCRSA) is a non-profit healthcare alliance of the educational simulation departments in hospitals, nursing schools and medical schools in the Kansas City Region. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged the Alliance to find a safe way to continue to engage with the surrounding community. The Alliance partnered with Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) to create an educational coloring book, COVID-19 Around the World, to provide to elementary students.
The coloring book features pages created by students in MICRO, KCAI’s in-house design agency, and includes a number of diverse characters. KCRSA donated coloring books and one pack of Crayola® Colors of the WorldTM Skin Tone Crayons to over 3,800 younger elementary students and teachers in the Kansas City Public School District.
As students within the KCPS are scheduled to head back into the classroom in the coming weeks after virtual learning since the start of the 2020-2021 school year, KCRSA hopes these tools are used as an aide for both teachers and families about how to protect ourselves and those around us from COVID-19, but also facilitate discussions about different cultures and family backgrounds.
The Alliance also plans to share the coloring book with other interested school districts in the metro area and throughout the region. Students will be invited to share their favorite colored pages with KCRSA as a way to encourage participation and discussion. We look forward to recognizing students work at the participating schools in the Spring.
“This Covid coloring book project was conceived”, according to Dave Zamierowski, founder and board member of KCRSA, “as the response to our inability to continue our healthcare educational outreach with in-person visits by schools to our simulation labs because of Covid restrictions. The coloring book is truly a local Kansas City effort. It was wonderful to experience the creativity of the students at KCAI.”
KCRSA is a non-profit, membership supported alliance representing all educational and training disciplines in the Kansas City region that serves to increase each member’s mastery of immersive, participatory and experiential educational and training techniques in healthcare. KCRSA’s vision is to create a culture of safety, sensitivity, mutual respect and life‐long learning by sharing resources and expertise that allows the alliance to accomplish together what no one member can do alone.
Kathy Carver, President
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