For more than 30 years, dedicated community volunteers have helped sponsor Safety Town, a miniature, simulated town complete with streets, sidewalks, traffic signals, stop lights and buildings. The children take turns as pedestrian and motorist, using pedal cars to simulate traffic.

Now, the program has been recognized by the state of Iowa through the Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner’s Special Award for Traffic Safety. Andy why not?

Safety Town participants learn how to look both ways before crossing a street, what traffic signals and signs mean, stranger danger, playground and bus safety, poison prevention, bicycle and home safety, how to call 911, safety around electricity and fire prevention. The participants visit with police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and emergency medical technicians and representatives of the K-9 Search and Rescue Team.

This year, Safety Town takes place from June 12 to 23 at Jefferson Elementary. Registration is going on now; three session times are available, including 9 to 11 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program is available to children entering kindergarten during the 2006-2007 school year in the Gateway area.

The cost to register is $25. Scholarships are available based on need. Parents should receive the registration form with kindergarten roundup paperwork. Safety Town organizers are currently looking for anyone interested in volunteering to help with the program. For more information on the Safety Town program, call Apryl Reeser at 243-4223.

We encourage participation in Safety Town and also call on available adults to offer their time to this worthwhile endeavor.

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