Safe T City

25 June 2012

The police department in our city has a great community outreach program for kids entering kindergarten.  This is the 35th year it has been running, that is a whole lot of graduates.  It is a week-long summer program {they have several sessions and you choose either morning or afternoon classes} where police officers and teachers cover everything safety related.  The kids get to talk to officers, learn a special wave, and learn everything from fire safety, to gun safety, to what you should do if you come upon a stray animal. 

Finnegan and his bestie, Oliver, attended the program last week and came home excitedly talking about fire engines, calling 9-1-1 in an emergency, and teaching us how to safely cross the street.  On the first day, they got to run the siren in a police car, if that doesn’t start the week off right, I don’t know what would. Finn’s favorite part was that they drove ‘cars’ in a mock city they have set up complete with streets, rail crossings and mini buildings.  At the end of the week, they have a graduation ceremony where the Chief of Police presents them with a certificate for completing the program.  Each child also receives a Safe T City badge, t-shirt, and a new bike helmet. 

All of it, completely free of charge to any child in the city.

It is one of the things Toledo is doing right.

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6 comments:

Samantha P said...

What a fantastic idea! This sounds like something that should be implemented all over :)

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

I love the safety class! That is a fabulous program. Good for your city!

Just A Normal Mom said...

Awesome program!

Yostee said...

What a great idea!!! Looks like he had fun.

Kim Moore said...

Awesome!!! Great pictures too.. It looks like he learned alot.

~*Jess*~ said...

Those are some of the best pics. Although he looks quite unimpressed with his certificate. Perhaps he was expecting a gun and a badge? ;-)

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