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Little Red Schoolhouse

Postby GreatAmerica4ever » Thu May 22, 2008 5:31 am

What services were at the Red Schoolhouse in the Hometown Square? I know that Lost Children and First Aid services were held there. Does/Did Great America have a nurse at the schoolhouse?

Does anyone have any interesting stories that many guests while working there? Fortunately, this is one building many guests don't have much knowledge of.
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Re: Little Red Schoolhouse

Postby shamiasbarber » Sun May 25, 2008 8:37 am

GreatAmerica4ever wrote:What services were at the Red Schoolhouse in the Hometown Square? I know that Lost Children and First Aid services were held there. Does/Did Great America have a nurse at the schoolhouse?

Does anyone have any interesting stories that many guests while working there? Fortunately, this is one building many guests don't have much knowledge of.
The services offered at the Little Red School are; Lost Parents, First Aid and Lost and Found. There isn't a nurse on staff but GA does have its own in-house paramedics.
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Postby Tech Services 1 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:27 pm

There was a full-time, year-round registered nurse on staff at the Schoolhouse in the old days. She repaired me more than a few times.
Boy, she had a reputation for being a stickler for THOROUGHLY cleaning wounds. Betadine, hot water and little scrub brushes- not fun! :shock: I speak from experience!
But hey, she did a good job. You can hardly see my scars anymore! :o

They also conducted CPR certification for us permanent employees, and other first aid classes.

As I recall, the contracted paramedics first came on the scene in the mid 80's.

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Eegads, has it been that long?
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Postby retlawfan » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:05 am

I believe at CGA, the full time nurse on staff retired about a year or two ago. At that point, I think her position was replaced with an EMT (much cheaper).

In the old days, at Santa Clara, there was a full time nurse, and a few EMTs for during the operating season.
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Postby Papas » Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:24 pm

Betadine, hot water and little scrub brushes- not fun! I speak from experience!

Good to know im not the only one who's had that experience more than once.
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Re: Little Red Schoolhouse

Postby James » Fri May 13, 2011 3:02 am

I can DEFINITELY say there was a nurse on staff!

I was helping clean up Klondike Cafe pre-season and got squirted between the eyes with
a mix of window cleaner and something called "Grease Strip" (someone thought the
window was closed). I was rushed to first aid and had to describe the accident while
staring at an eyewash station and then had to ride in a security jeep with another
solution (in cups taped to my eyes) to i think it was O'Connor Hospital.
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Re: Little Red Schoolhouse

Postby Sweeper77 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:51 pm

My mom was one of the nurses at Gurnee's Great America. I don't think she was the one that scrubbed with a scrub brush, since I didn't get that treatment at home :).
However, I have to say my biggest memory of the little red school house was when I went back as a parent and had my own lost child.
My son was found and brought to the School house, I knew exactly how to get to the employee entrance, and so headed out on my own, with Security trailing behind me, telling me I couldn't go that way...of course I could and ignored the "helpful" directions through the park.
We were united safe and sound, I was a wreak, but my son was happily playing in the school house.
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