TEMECULA – Safety Town, sponsored by the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club, will be held again this year at Temecula Valley High School, 31555 Rancho Vista Rd. in Temecula. This is the 12th year this popular program has been offered in the Temecula Valley.
A nationally recognized program that began in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1937, it is a safe and interesting learning environment that is set up as a little town with buildings, pedal cars and street lights, simulating an actual town. Classes will be held from Monday through Friday, June 16 to 20, or June 23 to 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
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 then 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,” said Temecula Sunrise Rotary President Jill Schutte. “We are just finishing our ninth annual literacy program at both Temecula and Vail Elementary Schools, we sponsored six middle school and eight 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.”
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.