This June, more than 250 children about to enter Kindergarten got hands-on training in safety education at the annual American Red Cross Metro New York North chapter’s safety and preparedness program, “Safety Town.”
Designed and hosted by the Red Cross, and held at the East Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich, the interactive, fun program runs for two, one-week-long sessions. It teaches awareness and accident prevention skills to children in a scaled-down, “kid-sized” layout.
Teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMS and animal control officers roll-played with the youngsters to teach them critical coping tools that ranged from playground, crosswalk and pedestrian safety to fire prevention, "stranger danger," calling 911, and more. The kids also toured a fire truck and ambulance and got prepped for their first school bus ride.
Mary Young, CEO of Metro New York North, said, “The kids had a great time while learning essential safety rules and tips. It’s important that they learn the roles of the first responders; this knowledge could make an important difference to them one day.”
Each child was custom-fitted with his or her own bike safety helmet that they used to ride on pedal cars through the Safety Town “campus,” complete with buildings, crosswalks, sidewalks and street markings.
At the end of each week of training, the happy graduates each received a Safety Town diploma.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMetroN.