About 400 New Albany kindergartners and first-graders will spend two weeks this summer learning hands-on safety tips in their own little town, complete with miniature buildings that resemble several local structures, traffic lights, signs and asphalt roads.

About 400 New Albany kindergartners and first-graders will spend two weeks this summer learning hands-on safety tips in their own little town, complete with miniature buildings that resemble several local structures, traffic lights, signs and asphalt roads.

Each day in New Albany Safety Town, children learn a different safety topic from police officers, firefighters and state-certified elementary school teachers. Topics include stranger awareness and safety aspects pertaining to water, fire, pedestrians and bicycles, roundabouts, animals and school buses. Children also will take field trips to the New Albany police station and Plain Township fire station.

Safety Town itself wouldn't have been possible without generous support from State Farm, Mount Carmel Health System, Maple Orthodontics, Rainbow Pediatrics, the Keiser Design Group and the New Albany Women's Network. And new in 2016, Captain Carwash will build a misty little car wash for children to drive through and cool off.

For parents still considering registering their children, 2016 registration has been extended until May 15. Morning camp times and dates are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 6 to 16 and June 20 to 30 and afternoon times and dates are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 6 to 16 and June 20 to 30. Some classes may be 100 percent full, so if you are considering registration, please apply online ASAP at newalbanysafetytown.org. If you have questions, email safetytown@newalbanypolice.org.

To participate in Safety Town, children should be able to sit still quietly for 20 minutes while teachers provide instruction. They also should be able to pedal a small four-wheel bike. Children who can't do both should wait another year to go through the program.

We also would like to thank Cole Family Chiropractic, Broadway Bound Dance Centre, Sam's Club, UBS Financial Services in New Albany and the New Albany Community Foundation. Their support has made it possible for nearly 4,000 kids to learn safety tips through our Safety Town since its inception in 2004.

Finally, Safety Town has another new facet for 2016. It will include a one-week camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 11 to 14 that specifically is designed for first- and second-graders who have graduated from Safety Town. Through the years, parents often ask for their children to attend Safety Town again after graduating. This new class will provide more in-depth education on various safety topics, including a one-day water-safety training day at the pool.

Greg Jones is chief of the New Albany Police Department.