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.
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Participating children will learn safety techniques addressing the following topics:
PRESCHOOL AGE SESSIONS
The Safety Council offers two shortened sessions for preschool age children (must be four by May 1st) as an introduction to the full Safety Town experience. Preschoolers spend most of their time "on the town," while beginning to learn basic safety concepts from classroom interaction with Safety Town teachers and volunteers.
SCHOOL AGE SESSIONS
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 field trips to the local fire department and park, as well as spend lots of time "on the town". These sessions are recommended for students entering Kindergarten, First, and Second grades in Fall 2019. If your child attended a preschool session in the past, it is highly recommended that they be enrolled in a full session for review of previously taught safety concepts, as well as, introduction to advanced topics. Bicycle helmets are required for each student to participate.
2019 St. Joseph Safety Town Sessions
Safety Town will be held at Bode Middle School, 720 N Noyes Blvd. St. Joseph. Student may attend multiple years and child does not have to attend St. Joseph Public Schools to enroll.
SESSIONS 1 & 2 are currently closed. Please contact the Council at 816-233-3330 if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.
Preschool #1: May 28 - 31, 8 - 11:30 a.m. (T-F) $30 CLOSED
Preschool #2: May 28 - 31, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. (T-F) $30 CLOSED
School Age #3: June 3 - 13, 8 - 11:30 a.m. (M-Th) $45
School Age #4: June 3 - 13, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. (M-Th) $45
School Age #5: June 17 - 27, 8 - 11:30 a.m. (M-Th) $45
School Age #6: June 17 - 27, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. (M-Th) $45
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 (see form below)
ability to attend Volunteer Training session
Volunteer applicants will receive a confirmation letter of acceptance and additional information around the first week of May.
Safety Town Volunteer Recommendation Forms should be printed and given to a school teacher, principal or counselor to complete. Student's information, at the top of the page, should be filled out before giving to selected individual. Due to school personnel's busy schedules, submission of recommendation forms may be delayed. If you do not hear back from the Safety Council regarding your registration within a reasonable amount of time, please contact our office at 816.233.3330 or email email@example.com to check on the status of your application.
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 how to work with young children, and receive an orientation to the games, songs and activities performed at Safety Town. 2019 volunteer training date to be announced at a later time.