Safety Town, sponsored by the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club, is a four-day interactive program designed to introduce and teach 5-to-8-year-old children various aspects of safety. Since the registration fees do not begin to cover costs, it is the club’s contribution to the community to help make our children safe. Because of the generous support of State Farm Insurance, the price has been reduced this year to only $25 per child, and no child will be turned away.
Safety Town will be held again this year at Helen Hunt Jackson Elementary School in Redhawk. This is the 10th year this popular program has been offered in the Temecula Valley. A nationally recognized program that began in Mansfield, OH in 1937, it is a safe and interesting learning environment that is set up as a little town with buildings, pedal cars and street lights, simulating an actual town.
Early registration is recommended, as the classes are already filling up. Parents may choose one of the following sessions: The first week is June 18-21, with a morning session only from 9 am to noon. The second week is June 25-28 from 9 to noon. When registering, first and second choice times should be given. To receive a flyer and registration form, please call chairman Marti Treckman at 951/698-6116, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The curriculum focuses on lessons about life safety. In conjunction with the Temecula Police and Fire Departments and other qualified teachers, the children are taught about safety principles and then placed in
staged situations involving stranger safety, street safety, fire safety, bike safety and water safety. Other safety topics will be poison and drug prevention, emergency 9-1-1, animal and gun safety, and disaster preparedness.
“Of all the projects Temecula Sunrise Rotary has for the youth in our community, Safety Town is easily the most important and the most rewarding,” says Temecula Sunrise Rotary President Jimmy Hsieh. “We are just finishing our 7th annual Literacy program at Temecula Elementary School and have added Vail Elementary this year, we sponsored six middle school and six high school students to Rotary leadership camps, we are giving $8,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors, and we always have prize-winning Rotary Music Competition winners, just to name a few ways we support our local youth. But our club is most proud of our many years of presenting Safety Town. This year’s event definitely is going to be the best yet.”