TEMECULA – Safety Town, sponsored by the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club, will be held Friday, June 19-23 and June 26-30 at Helen Hunt Jackson Elementary School in Temecula. The 15th year this popular program has been offered in the Temecula Valley, the nationally recognized program began in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1937. The safe and interesting learning environment is set up as a little town with buildings, pedal cars and street lights, simulating an actual town. Classes will be held in two sessions from Monday through Friday 9-11:30 a.m. More space is available in the first session at this time.
Safety Town is a five-day interactive program designed to introduce and teach 5-to-8-year-old children various aspects of safety. The curriculum focuses on lessons about life safety. In conjunction with the Temecula Police and Fire departments and other qualified teachers, the children are taught about safety principles and placed in staged situations involving stranger safety, street safety, fire safety, bike safety and water safety. Other safety topics will be poison and drug prevention, emergency 9-1-1, animal and gun safety, electrical safety and disaster preparedness.
“Of all the projects Temecula Sunrise Rotary has for the youth in our community, Safety Town is easily the most important and the most rewarding,” Temecula Sunrise Rotary President Johnny Roberts said. “We just finished our 12th annual literacy program at both Temecula and Vail elementary schools, we sponsored six middle school and 10 high school students to Rotary leadership camps, we are giving thousands of dollars in scholarships to local graduating seniors and we always have prize-winning Rotary Music Competition winners, just to name a few ways we support our local youth. But our club is most proud of our many years of presenting Safety Town. This year’s event definitely is going to be the best yet. Since the registration fees do not begin to cover costs, it is our club’s contribution to the community to help make our children safe.”
The price is only $40 per child, $35 for each sibling and no child will be turned away. Early registration is recommended, as the classes are already filling up. To receive a flyer and registration form, call registrar Marti Treckman at (951) 698-6116. More information is also available online at www.temeculasunriserotary.com.