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Safety City

 

Safety City is a community based project that provides early safety education for children entering kindergarten. It’s held for one week every summer at River Woods Elementary School. There are two half-day sessions with room for 25 children in each session.
 
During Safety City the school gymnasium is converted into a miniature city complete with police and fire stations, a Lowe’s store, a Rotary Club, a post office and a Carpenters’ Union Hall. Streets and crosswalks are marked out and miniature street signs (stop, yield, one-way, pedestrian crossing, etc.) are posted. The children learn about safety in a classroom setting and then put their skills to use riding tricycles and walking as pedestrians through the miniature city.
 
During the last half hour on Friday, a graduation ceremony is held. Parents, family members and friends, as well as program contributors, are invited to attend. Recognition is given to all of the businesses, civic groups, individuals and other organizations whose contributions help make the program possible. A slide show of the week’s activities is shown, which everyone – especially the kids – enjoys!
 
For more information on Safety City call Kelly Stuhr at (515) 237-1591.