‘Safe’ to say accident prevention program will return for youngsters

Popular safety education program Safety Town will be back in action this summer to teach awareness and accident prevention skills to Greenwich children entering kindergarten in the fall.

The indoor classroom setting of Safety Town is scaled down to a kid-sized layout to help the children have a feel for real life situations. The American Red Cross and a wide range of volunteer instructors run the Safety Town program. Teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMS and other working professionals provide guidance for the students, offering real life experience and knowledge for the children.

Students of Safety Town will be fitted with their own bike safety helmet that they will use throughout the week, and then take home to keep. The children will be using their bike safety helmet while riding pedal cars through the kid-sized Safety Town complete with buildings, crosswalks, sidewalks and street markings. They will also have the opportunity to tour an ambulance, fire truck and school bus.

Safety Town 2013 will take place at the East Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich. Classes will take place Monday through Friday on the weeks of June 10 to 14 and June 17 to 21. Sessions are two and one-half hours long and run mornings and afternoons.

Registration is open to all, but space is limited.

For more information or to register for Safety Town 2013,  visit the American Red Cross’ Children’s Safety and Preparedness Programs website and download the Safety Town application. For any additional information or questions e-mail [email protected]

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