by Lisa Tome
New site, same mission.
Once again, the Cecil County Department of Parks and Recreation, Cecil Sheriff's Office, and Elkton Police Department are teaming up to make the world safer for four and five-year-olds.
Safetyville is back for another summer. Safetyville is a two-week program designed to develop safety habits and awareness for young children. It's a hands-on program where children will learn to navigate their way through a miniature town with buildings, crosswalks, traffic signs and more.
Classroom activities include stranger awareness, fire safety, poisons, water safety, and more. There will also be visitors making presentations, movies, songs, and a Vehicle Day. During Vehicle Day, children get to meet community helpers and explore their modes of transportation.
As of last week, 30 children had enrolled in the first session which will be held through July 1 at Rising Sun High School, 100 Tiger Drive, North East. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. This site was added due to primary election at the previous location.
So far, 16 children have signed on for the July program which will be held from July 7 - July 18 at Thomson Estates Elementary School, 203 East Thomson Drive, Elkton. Two daily sessions will be offered from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
According to Danielle Hemling, recreation coordinator for Cecil Parks and Rec., the enrollment numbers for Safetyville are lower than normal. "We have a lot more moms working than in previous years. Over the years, the numbers have dropped. There is a lot more stuff going on for this age group," said Hemling.
The cost for the program is $42 per child. Call 410-658-3000 if you have questions or want to register.