Two years ago, a little girl was lost at Epcot in Florida. Not seeing her parents and careful not to talk to strangers, she approached a woman in a uniform from one of the countries represented at the theme park. The woman took her to the lost child center, where she was reunited with her relieved parents.

Two years ago, a little girl was lost at Epcot in Florida. Not seeing her parents and careful not to talk to strangers, she approached a woman in a uniform from one of the countries represented at the theme park. The woman took her to the lost child center, where she was reunited with her relieved parents.

The parents asked the girl what made her go to the woman in uniform, and she said Safety Town.

Safety Town coordinator Chris Jacobs said success stories like that are why they've put on the week-long summer class for more than 20 years.

Safety Town, co-sponsored by Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department, the Hilliard Police Department and the Norwich Township Fire Department, will take place June 13-17 at Scioto Darby Elementary School. Children 5 and 6 years old (born between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2006) entering kindergarten or having completed kindergarten and who have not attended the previous years are eligible to attend. This year's morning classes are full, but there are still openings for the 1-4 p.m. afternoon sessions.

A maximum of 288 children, 18 per class, will learn all about safety in a child-sized town setting with crosswalks.

"We cover a gamut, but probably the main thing is pedestrian-type safety," Jacobs said. "Half the class practices walking as pedestrians, and the other half rides tricycles with their helmets on."

Other topics include school bus safety, fire safety, water safety, seat belt safety, animal safety, 911 emergency calls, stranger danger and what to do if they find a gun. By the end of the class, the children will walk on a real street, escorted by police officers.

"Everything imaginable we try to cover," Jacobs said. "It is a lot of fun."

The children will even have a graduation the night of June 17 at Bradley High School.

Jacobs said the children will see firefighters and police officers every day at Safety Town, and seeing them in uniform is an additional benefit for the children, she said.

"Young children, you know they can sometimes be afraid of those figures and as adults, some of the statements we make encourage that, so it's great for them to see that they are around to help them."

Safety Town costs $35, and parents can register their child in person at the Community Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, or online at hilliardohio.gov and click on the Play tab.