"GREENSBORO, NC (July 14, 2015) – By the end of August, more than 580 five and six-year children will have been taught valuable safety skills this year in a miniature mock city called “Safety Town”.
“Safety Town” is more than just a community of scaled-down buildings and roadways. It’s an outdoor classroom for teaching children lessons about strangers, poison and drugs, as well as pedestrian, bicycle, traffic, bus, fire, water, and gun safety.
The program is a partnership between the Greensboro Police Department and the Nat Kwanis Club that has endured almost 40 years.
Two hours per day for two weeks, GPD School Resource Officers involve the children in learning valuable safety skills. Five sessions are held each summer. Each session can accommodate 115 children.
“This is a very popular program,” said Sgt. M.J. Harris. “Each session is always fully booked, with parents registering their children as soon as the application window opens.”
The SROs, who normally work with middle and high school students, enjoy the opportunity to teach younger children. “The preschoolers are so much fun,” said Harris. “They have endless energy and wear us out every day. But, we are glad for the opportunity to teach them very important safety skills that they will use the rest of their lives.”
Sessions 1 and 2 graduated on July 2. Sessions 3 and 4 are being held July 20 through July 31 with graduation July 31 at 9 a.m. for Session 3 and 1 pm for Session 4. Session 5 is August 3 through August 4 with graduation August 14 9 a.m. All graduations are held at the Lewis Recreation Center 3110 Forest Lawn Drive."
- A Press Release