Safety Town Prepares Kids for Kindergarten

The Rochester Area Junior Chamber’s “Safety Town” in Full Swing

Summer vacation has just begun but young children in the Rochester Area are already preparing for the first day of Kindergarten by learning various aspects of life safety through the Rochester Area Jaycees’ “Safety Town” program. At Safety Town, kids from the ages of four to six learn basic safety concepts through the use of interactive experiences.

Safety Town Program

Safety Town Program

With the format of a small-scale town featuring portable buildings, sidewalks, roads, and street signs, the Safety Town learning environment is a remarkable and engaging practice area for children. All lessons and activities relate to a specific topic each day. Areas of focus range from traffic and pedestrian safety to fire and personal safety, complete with special visits from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester Hills Fire Department, Operation Lifesaver, and Louie the Lightning Bug from DTE Energy. There is even a special graduation ceremony recognizing each student’s accomplishments at the close of the session.

Safety Town receives a visit from DTE Energy's safety mascot, Louie the Lightning Bug, to teach children how to stay safe around electricity

Safety Town receives a visit from DTE Energy’s safety mascot, Louie the Lightning Bug, to teach children how to stay safe around electricity

The first session of Safety Town is successfully underway but registration for the program is still available through the Rochester Enrichment Office. Safety Town is held at University Hills Elementary School (600 Croydon Road in Rochester Hills). The program costs $95, and the upcoming two-week session runs Monday through Thursday from July 10-20. The final Safety Town opportunity for the year will be offered July 24-August 3. You may sign up for either the morning classes from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or the afternoon classes from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Safety Town campers view the police car of Deputy Mark Hickson from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department

Safety Town campers view the police car of Deputy Mark Hickson from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department

Residents and non-residents of Rochester that meet the age guidelines are eligible to register for the Safety Town program. For more information or to enroll, call the Rochester Community Schools Enrichment Office at 248-726-3165 or visit their office at the Rochester Community Schools Administration Center (501 West University in downtown Rochester). Online registration and additional information is also available at http://rajc.org/safetytown.

Nancy Butty, Public Education Specialist from the Rochester Hills Fire Department, shows Safety Town attendees a firefighter uniform

Nancy Butty, Public Education Specialist from the Rochester Hills Fire Department, shows Safety Town attendees a firefighter uniform

About the Rochester Area Junior Chamber

The Rochester Area Jaycees (RAJC) have a long tradition of community involvement and outreach. Since 1958, the organization has provided the young adults of the Greater Rochester Area with leadership training through community-service initiatives.

Some annual RAJC projects include assembling and delivering Easter baskets to area seniors, running a haunted house in Rochester Municipal Park, and taking at-risk children shopping to buy gifts for their families during the holidays.

The Jaycees are individuals dedicated to leadership development, personal and professional growth, and civic involvement. For more information about the Rochester Area Jaycees, please visit the organization’s website at www.rochesterareajaycees.org or call 248-652-7777

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