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Area communities offering Safety Town

4/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Safety Town participants also have the opportunity to navigate on tricycles around a small-scale village containing buildings and traffic signals, where they will be able to put safety principles into practice, as shown during a past Safety Town program.
Children display a finished craft project in which they made construction paper models of police officers at a previous year’s Safety Town program in Copley, joined by Sarah Shendy and Paul Webb, members of the township’s police force.
Burn prevention is one of the safety topics covered during some of the local Safety Town programs. These children are shown practicing reacting to a fire during a past Safety Town program.
Photos courtesy of Marcie Mason
GREATER AKRON — Before starting kindergarten, area youngsters may want to make a stop at Safety Town to help them prepare for the some of the challenges they may soon face.

Police departments in Bath, Copley, Fairlawn and Richfield will each host free programs this summer for children set to enter kindergarten next fall. At Safety Town, children will learn about an assortment of safety topics, and the subject is enhanced with craft activities, songs and other fun.

While some of the safety topics covered vary by community, all of the programs teach pedestrian and stranger safety, and all programs offer arts and crafts and snacks, said Marcie Mason, area coordinator for the program.

Safety Town participants also will have the opportunity to navigate around a small-scale village containing buildings, tricycles and traffic signals, where they will be faced with a variety of situations to help them practice recognizing and dealing with unsafe situations, according to Mason.

Children may learn about topics such as water safety, burn prevention, animal safety, bus safety, seat belt safety and bicycle safety, she said.

According to Mason, Safety Town is extremely important but not a requirement for entering kindergarten.

The following is a rundown on Safety Town programs by community:

  • Bath: June 9-13, from 9 to 11:15 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., at Bath Elementary School, 1246 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Registration is now through June 1, with forms available at 3864 W. Bath Road and www.bathtownship.org (click on Police Department, then Safety Town, which are both on the left). Eligible participants are Bath residents and/or future kindergarten-age students of Revere Local Schools or Old Trail School. Student volunteers are needed and must be at least 12 years old, with volunteer forms available on the website. For more information, call 330-665-6932.
  • Copley: July 7-11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3:30 p.m., at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, 1531 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Registration is from May 20 to July 1, with forms available at 1280 Sunset Drive and www.copley.oh.us (click on Police, then Police Programs & Activities, which are both on the left, and scroll down). Eligible participants are Copley residents and/or future kindergarten-age students of Copley-Fairlawn City Schools. Student volunteers are needed and must be at least 13 years old, with volunteer forms available on the website. For more information, call 330-666-4218.
  • Fairlawn: June 16-20, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3:30 p.m., at Fairlawn-Kiwanis Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road. Registration is from May 1 to June 6, with forms available at 3487 S. Smith Road and www.cityoffairlawn.com (type Safety Town in search box and click on top result). Eligible participants are Fairlawn residents and/or future kindergarten-age students of Copley-Fairlawn City Schools or St. Hilary School. Student volunteers are needed and must be at least 13 years old, with volunteer forms available on the website. For more information, call 330-670-4300.
  • Richfield: June 23-27, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 12:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., at Hillcrest Elementary School, 3080 Revere Road. Registration is now through June 6, with forms available at 4450 W. Streetsboro Road and www.richfieldvillageohio.org (link on village homepage). Eligible participants are Richfield residents and/or future kindergarten-age students of Revere Local Schools. Student volunteers are needed and must be in seventh grade or older, with volunteer forms available on the website. For more information, call 330-659-9201, ext. 238.
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