BY ABBY SLANKER
Fifty-five students from the Class of 2026 came together for a day of safety instruction provided by Canfield PTO Aug. 10. The soon-to-be kindergartners from Hilltop Elementary School and C.H. Campbell Elementary School participated in Kindergarten Safety Day at St. Michael’s Church.
Kindergarten Safety Day was designed to teach and inform the children about important safety guidelines and included presentations from the Canfield Police Department, Canfield Fire Department, Canfield Library and Akron Children‘s Hospital. The children were scheduled to visit all four stations for 20 minutes.
A highlight of the program, and a favorite of the children, was an opportunity for them to take their first bus ride to their respective elementary school.
Both elementary school principals, Joe Maroni of Hilltop Elementary and Travis Lavery were on hand to introduce themselves and answer any questions. Canfield Local Schools Superintendent Alex Geordan also spoke to the students.
The children were given name tags that were color coded and were instructed to follow the color coded corresponding schedule in the Safety Day informational handout they received at the registration table.
The Canfield Police Department focused on teaching the children pedestrian safety and they were able to check out the inside of a police cruiser. The Canfield Fire Department covered fire safety, as well as describing the firefighter’s gear and equipment used during a fire and giving the children tips on what to do if there is ever a fire at their home. The children also checked out all aspects of the fire truck and were given plastic fire helmets and stickers.
A representative from Akron Children’s Hospital talked to the children about staying healthy in kindergarten and Canfield Library’s Children’s Librarian Jane Adams was there to teach the children about stranger danger by reading the children books such as, “That is Not a Good Idea.”
“I chose books for today that were kind of fun, but also got the message of stranger danger across. I also brought some books about kindergarten, such as ‘Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten” and “Kindergarten Rocks.” I also brought lots of library information so the parents are aware of all the library has to offer,” Adams said.
To end Safety Day, the children were split into groups according to the school they will attend, and while the Hilltop students took their first school bus ride, C.H. Campbell students were treated to a snack provided by the Canfield PTO. When the bus returned from Hilltop Elementary, it was the C.H. Campbell students’ turn to take their first bus ride while the Hilltop students received a snack.
Before the bus left the parking lot, the safety rules were explained to all the children and a drill to evacuate the bus in case of emergency was conducted.
All participants received a personalized safety certificate and a goody bag which included crayons, a Canfield Cardinals water bottle, a book titled “The Night Before Kindergarten,” purchased by the PTO.
“Kindergarten Safety Day is a collaborative effort between Hilltop Elementary School and C.H. Campbell Elementary School. We have PTO volunteers here from both schools helping out,” said Julie Kwaiser-Miller, Hilltop PTO Chair.