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In 2011, the National Safety Council recorded that 122,900 unintentional deaths occurred in the United States, of which 85,900 happened in either the home or in public.  The St. Joseph Safety and Health Council is dedicated to preventing these accidental injuries and deaths by providing public education and awareness.  The Council has several programs that are offered on a regular basis, and are willing to work with you to develop a presentation that fits your needs.  We will also attend safety and health fairs, and provide safety and prevention literature upon request.

 

Safety Town

The St. Joseph Safety Council and the St. Joseph School District have formed a partnership to offer Safety Town through the District's Summer Enrichment Program. Safety Town is a miniature town designed to introduce children  to the importance and methods of safety, especially pedestrian safety. The town is complete with sidewalks, crosswalks, streets, signs, traffic signals and replica buildings. The goal of the program is to reduce possible injury or death of children resulting from preventable accidents.  Safety Town familiarizes children with law enforcement officers, firefighters and other community workers. 

 

Participating children will learn safety techniques addressing the following topics:

     * Pedestrian

     * Traffic

     * Bicycle

     * School Bus

     * Railroad

     * Stranger Danger

     * Playground

     * 911

     * Electrical

     * Fire

     * Animal

     * Poison Prevention

     * Internet

     * Gun

     * Weather

     * Natural Gas

     * Water

 

Children ages 5-7 attend Safety Town for eight days, over a two week timeframe, and learn safety skills through classroom training and exercises taught by state-certified teachers.  Law enforcement officers, teenage volunteers, and community leaders further assist with instruction.  Students take a field trip to the local fire department, as well a spend lots of time "on the town".

 

The Safety Council also offers two shortened sessions for preschool age children (must be four by August 1st).  Preschoolers spend most of their time "on the town," as well as learn from classroom interaction with the Safety Town teachers and volunteers. 

 

Enrollment  is open to any child and reasonable accommodations may be made for children with learning or physical disabilities.  Children do not need to attend or live within the St. Joseph School District, and may attend multiple years.

 

2014 Safety Town is now completed. 

Please check back in April 2015 when registration for

next year's sessions begin.

 

  Safety Town Teenage Volunteers

Safety Town encourages teenagers who are interested in safety and enjoy working with small children to volunteer at Safety Town.  Teens interested in volunteering must have:

     * completed 7th grade,

     * a completed Application and Parental/Guardian Consent Form,

     * a completed Recommendation Form from a school teacher, principal or counselor,

     * availability to attend one, 2-hour mandatory volunteer training session

 

*Attention Teen Volunteers Interested in Photography

The Safety Council will select one interested teen volunteer per session to coordinate and take photos at Safety Town to create program slideshows and assist with the Safety Council Facebook page. 

 

Safety Town Volunteer Training Sessions

Becoming a Successful Safety Town Volunteer:  Volunteers will be provided with basic leadership skills necessary to be a successful volunteer, learn basic first aid skills, learn how to work with young children, and receive an orientation to the games, songs and activities performed at Safety Town.  Attendance at one of the scheduled training dates is mandatory for all Safety Town Volunteers.

 

 Community Presentation Topics

Staff members of the Safety Council are available to present information to your employees, organizations, schools, and other groups on various safety issues.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:

     * Seasonal Safety Information

     * Holiday Safety

     * Poison Prevention

     * Fire Prevention

     * Sexual Assault/Personal Safety

     * Traffic Safety

     * Stranger Danger

 

For more information, to suggest a presentation topic, or to schedule a speaker contact the Safety Council at (816) 233-3330 or email sjsc@stjoesafetycouncil.org.

 

 

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