This week a national program to keep kids safe is running in South Windsor.
The program, known as “Safety Town,” has returned to the Unity Church of Greater Hartford for the fourth year in a row. The event invites kids who are about to enter kindergarten to get educated in a variety of safety procedures. From crossing the street, to bike safety, to talking with police about the danger that strangers pose, the week-long course is now in session.
A mock up of a small town, with roads and miniature model buildings, has been erected in the church’s parking lot for the program.
“It’s good for [the children] to meet in a low key environment,” said Lisa Lillis, an event organizer and member of the South Windsor Junior Women’s Club, which is a program sponsor. Lillis said, “the kids ride their big wheels and learn all about pedestrian safety, bike safety, and we have our police officers here teaching them about 911.”
South Windsor Police Officer Caleb Lopez is helping to instruct the kids of 37 families who enrolled this year. “It’s good to start kids at a young age about bike safety and pedestrian safety and just how to be safe in general,” Lopez said.
“Always wear your helmet,” exclaimed four-year-old Max Stoddard after hearing Officer Lopez’s lesson on the big wheel course.
The children will meet with firefighters later in the week and will also take a ride on a school bus to prepare them for the upcoming school year.
“We think every kindergartner should take the program,” Lillis said.