The City of Garland was recognized with a First Place trophy from the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (TATOA) in the Special Audience category. Earlier this year, the City’s Public & Media Relations and Health Departments produced Fight the Bite!, a fun video intended to teach elementary school students about West Nile Virus and how to protect themselves. TATOA recognized the video during its annual conference and programming awards event in October.
The video is intended to reach children who will share this information at home so their families can take a proactive approach toward eliminating the mosquitoes that transmit the virus to people.
Environmental Health Specialist Jeff Crocker plays Dr. Culex Q. Fasciatus, a somewhat “nutty” professor who begins the journey in the lab, shows kids where mosquitos can be found, and finally teaches how to help eliminate the mosquitoes which in turn helps slow the spread of the West Nile Virus.
“We wanted a video that would be fun for kids to watch,” says Cindy Corley, Environmental Health Manager for the Garland Health Department. “If students remember what they’ve learned in the video, they’re more likely to take the message home, and share it with others.”
“Fight the Bite!” is being offered free-of-charge to any educational or not-for-profit organization who wishes to help spread the West Nile prevention message. The video can be found on the City of Garland Health Department West Nile Virus Information page. Those needing a high-definition version of the video should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to obtain a copy.
For additional information, please contact the Garland Health Department at 972-205-3460.