Safety Town to teach incoming kindergartners valuable skills

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., May. 10, 2013
Officer Caleb Lopez of the South Windsor Police Department leads a safety lesson in Safety Town. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Young students about to begin kindergarten next fall are taking an important step. To give these children an added boost of safety awareness, the South Windsor Junior’s Women’s Club is sponsoring the third annual Safety Town, a one-week course that focuses on teaching children safe practices in school and at home.

“It’s specifically for incoming kindergartens for both South Windsor residents and residents from the surrounding towns,” said Liz Harner, coordinator of Safety Town for the South Windsor Junior’s Women’s Club.

The camp will teach children basic safety skills, like how to call 911 in the event of an emergency. Representatives from the police and fire departments will make an appearance to give safety tips, and the students will have the chance to ride in a school bus and learn how to get on and off properly.

The students will learn their addresses and phone numbers by the end of the camp, and will also learn about stranger danger. The course is taught by Jill Darby, a first-grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary in South Windsor.

Safety Town takes place at the Unity Church of Greater Hartford on 919 Ellington Road in South Windsor (next to Mill on the River). The program gets its name from the miniature town that is set up at Unity. Seth Walter, the husband of a South Windsor Junior Women’s Club member, built some of the child-sized buildings which populate Safety Town. The set-up provides the perfect training ground for teaching children about observing traffic lights and crosswalks.

The course began three years ago, when the South Windsor Moms Club gave a grant to the Vernon Junior Women’s Club to kick-start the South Windsor program. Since then, the South Windsor Junior’s Women’s Club has been able to self-sustain the course.

The one-week mini-camp begins Monday, July 22, and ends Friday, July 26. Courses are 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents are invited to a certificate program on Friday. For more information, contact Harner at 860-644-6787, or visit

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