Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health and Human Services


Collaborative Health & Human Services


Safe Ag Safe Schools (SASS) is a coalition of 30-plus organizations, and individuals who work together to reduce pesticide exposure to Monterey County residents. Despite efforts to reduce pesticide use near schools, large amounts of drift-prone pesticides continue to be applied near our most vulnerable population. Our children are the ones who attend these schools and suffer the consequences. The Take Action curriculum was created to increase knowledge on pesticides while encouraging students to be civically engaged in their community. The Take Action Curriculum was taught at El Sausal Middle School to an 8th grade history class for 4 days. The outcome of the project showed an increase in knowledge, and the students learning experience demonstrated the need for the curriculum. The recommendation is for the agency to develop a general curriculum based off the Take Action Curriculum to be used at more schools who are vulnerable to pesticide exposure in the Monterey County.