This June, 250 children about to enter Kindergarten got hands-on training in safety education at the yearly safety and preparedness program, “Safety Town,” designed and hosted by the American Red Cross Metro New York North chapter.
The interactive, fun program runs for two week-long sessions and is held at the East Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich. 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, “As always, the children have a wonderful time while learning important safety rules. And finding out about the roles of our first responders is critical knowledge that could help them some day in the future.”
Each child was custom-fitted with a bike safety helmet. They then rode child-sized pedal cars through the Safety Town “campus,” which features buildings, crosswalks, sidewalks and street markings.
At the end of each week of training, the 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/metronyn or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMetroN.