A typical Tuesday night inside a classroom at John Deere Middle School in Moline has a teacher and students.
Not typical? The subject matter.
“We’re talking about all the things you would need to do to avoid the Zombie apocalypse,” said Jan LaRoche, the Young Adult Librarian for the Moline Public Library, and the director of a 10-week-long class on Zombie survival, part of the “Lights on for Learning” program.
“The CDC has a website devoted to surviving the Zombie apocalypse,” she adds, “and their reasoning is, if you’re prepared for Zombies, you’re prepared for anything.”
LaRoche will ease into the real-life survival techniques as the class goes on.
“Next week we’ll talk about water, where to find it [and] is it safe?” LaRoche said. “We’ll talk about food and where to find that…”
The first couple of classes though, are squarely focused on the walking dead.
“We watched a video on the basics of how to survive a Zombie apocalypse,” 8th grader Isaiah Randell said.
“We [also] learned what weapons to use to kill some Zombies,” fellow 8th grader William Mihalopoulos added.
As for whether it could actually happen?
“There are a lot of scientific things that are kind of creepy,” Mihalopoulos added, “so it’s good to be prepared.”
For the CDC’s website on “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse,” head here: http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm