The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

June 8, 2013

Program aims to educate

CLINTON — The Safety Town summer event gets under way at the Clinton Ericksen Center on Monday, with the goal of teaching safety to area children.

Safety Town is a two-week program that teaches pre-kindergarten kids the importance of proper safety guidelines. Each day of the week will cover a different aspect of safety education.

The added element to this year’s event will be “Masters of Disasters.” Representatives of the Red Cross will visit the town to teach kids proper procedure in the occurrence of a natural disaster.

Kay Hake has organized the event for the last 13 years, with this year being her last. It is unknown who her successor will be.

Hake said the importance of the program, to her, is that kids learn how to be safe and how to help others be safe.

“It gives kids a base knowledge to know the difference between good people and bad people. The firemen will put on all their gear so the kids know not to hide or be afraid of them if, God forbid, they are ever in a fire,” Hake said.

Along with seeing the fire crews, kids will also get to work with police officers and their squad cars, 911 operators and make their own 911 calls, visit Riverview Swimming Pool for a pool safety day and a number of other things throughout the two-week span.

“The program covers different safety levels that we need all of our kids to learn,” Hake said.

Safety Town is a volunteer program and Hake has organized more than 50 teens to help out with all of the action through the week.

The pre-kindergarteners will be separated into two groups, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both groups will experience the same safety education through the duration of the program.

Once the students complete the Safety Town course, a graduation celebration will follow on June 21.

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