Future kindergartners visit Safety Village

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.In order to demonstrate fire safety in the house, a trailer was set up at the Safety Village program on Aug. 10. Using the trailer, the children were able to practice exiting the house in the event of a fire emergency.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.A Boardman fire truck on display at Boardman Junior High School for kindergartners at the Safety Village to examine on Aug. 10.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.There was a replica of buildings in Boardman for the Safety Village on Aug. 10 at the Boardman Junior High School.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .An officer demonstrated the sirens on a police car at the Safety Village. The safety village is offered as a way to teach children in kindergarten what to do in emergency situations.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .A bus driver taught students about bus procedures and safety as part of the Safety Village program.

by ZACK SHIVELY zshively@vindy.com

Boardman’s PTA hosted the Safety Village event to teach kindergarten students safety information at Boardman Junior High School on Aug. 10.

Approximately 160 future kindergartners came to the event. The students were from all three Boardman elementary schools.

Coordinator Tanna Sebrell explained the event’s purpose to educate young children on essential safety information from the police, fire department, bus drivers and volunteer high school students. Sebrell and the PTA also received help from the public library, which sent them books relating to the four safety stations they had set up.

The coordinators set up a bus in the side parking lot where a bus driver explained different safety procedures the children will need to follow while on the bus. The students climbed into the bus and learned how to act while in the seats. When the students got out of the bus, they did so one at a time, each paying close attention for the sound of the bus brakes and where they stepped down.

The students then moved to the fire safety station. The children talked to firemen about the truck and equipment they need for fires. A high school leader read a fire safety book about the stop, drop and roll technique. In the last area, the firemen created a safety classroom on a trailer. They designed the trailer to look and operate as a house in order to demonstrate what to do if there is ever a fire in the home. For example, the trailer had an escape ladder by a window so the students could practice escaping out of the window.

The PTA organized an area for the police department as well. The kindergartners learned about some topics the police deal with, such as the important of wearing a seat belt in case of an accident at this station. The officer present also demonstrated how the sirens work and what they mean, and he allowed the students to sit in the car. He also told the children never to talk to or get into cars with strangers.

The last area went over safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians. The corner of the parking lot had a small replica of a town where the children walked and peddled toy bicycles to give a more hands-on experience. High school students then taught the kindergartners about what certain street signs mean.

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