Kids and Knives: Perfect Together!

 Readers: I just got a note about a class in Pennsylvania that sounded so good — and anachronistic — I wrote back immediately. Here’s what the teacher wrote back: 
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Dear Free-Range Kids: Thanks for being gracious enough to help get the word out about the program.
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I’m calling it “Sharp Kids – Outdoor knife skills for responsible girls and boys ages 8-12.”  Here’s the link to a regional events calendar for the full listing.  And provided that I can get enough kids registered, it will be held as two separate classes on Sunday, October 5, 2013, right at the peak of leaf-peeper season here in the Poconos.
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I ran a similar program to this for my daughters’ Girl Scout troop a couple of years ago with great success.  I’ve been toying with the idea of holding a larger class for the general public and this is my attempt to do that.  The program is loosely based on a program, called Gjor et spikk, conducted by Norges Husflidslag in Norway from 2005-2010.  From my emails with their program director, they trained over 4,000 teachers and over 200,000 students in various handicrafts focusing on basic knife skills during that timeframe.
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Mostly, this program is an attempt, within my little sphere of influence, at push-back against a culture that considers all pointy things to be weapons and all children to be feeble.  Considering that I got my first knife out of a crane game at the local church carnival back in 1973 at the age of 5 (back when you could get pocket knives and Zippo lighters out of crane games at church carnivals), our culture hasn’t always held this dim view of children.  I figure that if the Norwegians are willing to teach these skills to hundreds of thousands of kids over there, the least that I could do is to try to do the same with 40 kids here at home.  You gotta start somewhere.  Questions can be directed to sandcut18424@gmail.com.
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Thanks for giving me some space for the announcement.  Let’s hope we can generate some groundswell!
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Mike Leggiero
Gouldsboro, PA
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A new class for kids teaches how not to do this.

The class teaches kids how not to do this.

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