Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion. Who Is Your 2018 Hero?

December 2017

Who Is Your 2018 Hero?

Attention: Science educators, STEM advocates, professionals in public health, school health, environmental health, facilities management, IAQ, IPM, health and safety, lab safety, school security, emergency and risk management, asthma educators, first responders, school administrators, nurses, advocates, parents and students.

Do you know someone whose sense of responsibility, inspirational leadership, and exemplary persistence and courage protects children from school hazards and unhealthy conditions?

The Healthy Kids Hero Award was created as an annual opportunity to tell the story of the 1937 Texas School Explosion and to inspire leadership for school and community safety.

​(​Read about HEROES 2004 – 2017.​)​

Send your hero’s story, name, and email/phone# by January 10, 2018 to the email address here.

March 18, 2018 is the 81th anniversary of the 1937 Texas School Explosion — the worst school disaster in American history. A gas explosion killed more than 300 people, mostly students in their new state-of-the-art public school where no expense had been spared except when it came to safety.

 Lessons Learned. Lives Saved. The disaster resulted in a law that required adding a warning odor to natural gas, thus saving millions of lives all over the world. However, the false economies and short-sighted decisions that led to the 1937 explosion are still common in too many schools today.

Let’s make March 18 an annual day to prioritize the values and technical skills we need to live safely with 21st century chemicals and technology.

Send your hero’s story, name, and email/phone# by January 10, 2018 to the email address here.