York County, VA Hosts Safety Town Program

ARTICLE | May 12, 2012

Registration for York County’s award-winning Safety Town program, which teaches pre-kindergartners various aspects of life safety, will begin for county residents on Monday, May 14, 2012, and end as soon as all available spaces are filled.

Now in its 18th year of operation, this summer program seeks to reduce childhood injury by introducing four- and five-year-old children to basic safety concepts through the use of interactive experiences.

Registration form and fee will only be accepted by hand-delivery to the address listed above, and only during the registration time period. Set up to resemble a small-scale “town,” with portable buildings, sidewalks, roads, and street signs, the appealing Safety Town learning environment is used as a practice area for several of the safety lessons. Each session lasts one week, running Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

All lessons and activities relate to a specific topic each day, such as Traffic and Pedestrian Safety, Fire Safety, Personal Safety, and Home Safety.  Parents will accompany their children to Safety Town on Friday, attending a Safety Fair and Completion Ceremony, at which each child will receive a certificate, a Safety Town t-shirt, backpack, and a bicycle helmet.

 Funding for Safety Town is provided by the generous contributions and sponsorship of area businesses, community agencies, civic organizations, county government, and individual citizens.

The schedule for the 2012 Safety Town is as follows:  

July 9 - July 13                        Mt. Vernon Elementary School

July 16 - July 20                      Mt. Vernon Elementary School

July 23 - July 27                      Mt. Vernon Elementary School

July 30 – Aug 3                       Magruder Elementary School  

Registration forms and information are available at all York County Elementary Schools, the York County Public Library, Parks and Recreation, the Griffin-Yeates Center and online at www.yorkcounty.gov/communityservices. For further information about Safety Town, please call Katie Meis, Department of Community Services, at 890-3880. Safety Town spaces are limited to 50 children per week. The cost is $25 for York County residents and $35 for non-county residents.

For more information, please visit http://www.yorkcounty.gov/.

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