Safety Town Begins in the City of Binghamton

By Lindsey Nesselbush

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 2, 2007 at 10:23 AM EST

The program is a 2 week, 20 hour safety program for children entering Kindergarten or First Grade. The first session begins today, July 2nd through July 13th. There will be two more sessions this summer, July 16th through July 27th and July 30th through Aug 10th. Children will participate in activities to learn topics such as pedestrian safety, animal safety, stranger danger, home and drug safety.

The program costs $30 per child. Participants will receive a Safety Town T-shirt. To register, contact the Parks Department at (607)772-7017 or go to http://www.cityofbinghamton.com/dept-parks-recreation.asp to print and complete registration form. Send completed form and checks payable to “Binghamton Parks and Recreation”, 38 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901.

Each day features a different presenter who speaks to the children and organizes activities that promote safety. Children also craft and ride the miniature cars on the Safety Town village, set up on the MacArthur Elementary School playground. The City would like to thank all of the presenters and partners for making this program a success in teaching youth.

Topics and presenters include:

Riding in the Car/ Crossing the street (presentation by Crossing Guard)
Animal Safety (presentation by Dog Warden)
Fire Safety (presentation by Fire department with Fire truck)
Poison Safety (presentation by EMS)
Bus Safety (presentation by Laidlaw and a short bus ride)
Stranger Danger/ Personal Safety (presentation by Crime Victims Assistance)
Gun Safety (presentation by Police Officer)
Pool/Boat/Bathtub/Beach Safety (presentation by Lifeguard)
Bike & Helmet Safety (presentation by Health Dept)

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