Kids Learn at Safety Town

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

A tiny post office and a miniature cardboard police station line the carpeted streets of Safety Town.

The mock child-size town - located inside the Weslyan Church in Eaton Rapids - includes real stop signs and functioning streetlights, which help kindergarten kids learn how to cross the street safely.

Local police, firefighters and paramedics organized Safety Town to help children better understand their surroundings. Kids learn what sights and sounds to expect during an emergency.

They have the chance to sit inside a fire truck and an ambulance and listen to their heartbeats with a stethoscope.

They also learned to yell "No!" if a stranger approaches them and to stop, drop and roll during a fire.

Police say it's crucial for parents to teach their children about their community and how to react during an emergency.

Safety Town runs throughout the week.


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