Serious lessons behind fun Safety Town program
Safety Town programs are designed to be fun for children in kindergarten and first grade, but the message behind them is serious business.
Registration is open for Reynoldsburg's Safety Town, sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Department spokeswoman Mary Beth Hudson said there is space for 100 children; registration ends June 14.
She said Safety Town is a three-day program that runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 23-25 at the Blacklick Metro Park reserved shelter area, 6975 E. Livingston Ave.
Registration fees are $5 for Reynoldsburg residents and $10 per child for nonresidents. The fees include all three days of instruction plus materials. To register, call 614-322-6806.
"Kids don't have to bring anything but themselves," Hudson said. "We provide the speakers, T-shirts and all materials over three days. They will learn about wild and domestic animal safety from the Franklin County Animal Control and will learn about stranger danger and gun safety from Reynoldsburg police officers."
She said the Reynoldsburg Fire Department will bring in a mobile trailer that is scaled down to kid size.
"The kids will learn all about fire safety and what a hot door would feel like in a fire," she said. "The smog machine fills the house with smoke and the kids then learn to crawl through a smoky house and climb down a ladder with a fireman."
She said the last day of Safety Town is devoted to "safety city."
"The kids learn about street and bicycle safety," she said.
All materials are provided by Metro Parks, she said.
"It is a fun three days for all the kids," she said. "On the last day, kids get a goody bag with things like Band-Aids and things brought in by our speakers."
She said students who are currently enrolled in kindergarten or first grade for the 2012-13 school year are encouraged to register.
The first of three summer Community Concerts, featuring the Reynoldsburg Community Band, is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 10 on the Reynoldsburg Senior Center lawn, 1520 Davidson Drive.
Other dates for concerts are July 8 and Aug. 12.
Pioneer Day is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. June 15 at the Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road.
Hudson said children and adults will be able to wash laundry on a washboard, whitewash fence rails, dip candles, churn butter, make whistles and more during the free event.
"It's a great way for families to spend a Saturday afternoon together and learn about American life during the early 1800s," she said.