The Kiwanis Club of Dearborn Outer Drive recently concluded its 2013 “Safety Town” program. Every year, Safety Town offers children ages 4-1/2 to 6, the unique and wonderful opportunity to participate in a special 7-day safety education program. It teaches them important rules about staying safe when crossing the street and dealing with cars and traffic. It teaches safety lessons on fire, electrical, poison, guns, animal safety and “stranger danger”. The instructors are State of Michigan certified teachers and they have plenty of assistance from the Dearborn High School Key Club. Each day of instruction focuses on a specific safety issue and features both indoor and outdoor activities. There are crafts and special guest presenters. This year’s outstanding presenters included: Dearborn Police Department, Dearborn Fire Department, Dearborn Animal Shelter, DTE and Eastern Michigan University, City of Dearborn Transportation (bus safety), and Children’s Hospital of Michigan-DMC.
This is Dearborn Safety Town’s 18th year and it is presented at Howard Elementary School. One Hundred fifty children attended the 90-minute class weekdays from June 17th thru the 26th. Each child received a T-shirt and properly fitted bike helmet. Parents pay a $35 fee for their child to participate, but financial support is a necessity to run this exquisite program. The 2013 local financial supporters for Safety Town were: memberfocus community credit union; Dearborn Federal Savings Bank; Ann Schroeder, Realtor with Century 21 Curran & Christie; Robert Curran, Broker, Century 21 Curran & Christie; Howe Peterson Funeral Home; Dearborn Federation of Teachers; Dearborn Kiwanis Club; Murdoch Law Firm; Mark Shooshanian; Dearborn High Key Club and Kenwal Steel-David Bazzy. DOD Kiwanis is grateful for all their 2013 supporters.
Safety Town also appreciates the support it receives from Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., who visited the program on electrical safety day; Howard School Principal Andy Denison; Dearborn Schools Superintendent Brian Whisten; Howard School Engineer Tony Elia and his wonderful staff. Registration for 2014 Safety Town will be held at all Dearborn Kindergarten Round-ups, on line at www.dodkiwanis.org, or send a request to Kiwanis Club of Dearborn Outer Drive, P.O. Box 2142, Dearborn, MI 48123. Safety Town Director John Matthews and Brad Schoolmaster, President of DOD Kiwanis, would like to thank fellow members of the Kiwanis Club of Dearborn Outer Drive and the Dearborn High Key Club for their continued sponsorship, dedication and volunteerism to this outstanding program.