by Lisa Tome
A group of four and five-year-olds can certainly make a lot of noise all on their own.
Give the tots a chance to try out police cruisers and the sirens and PA systems, and the noise level is deafening.
For 90 minutes on Wednesday, June 25, children in Safetyville welcomed visitors for the annual Community Helpers Day.
The equipment parked at Rising Sun High School included police cruisers from the Cecil Sheriff's Office and Elkton Police Department, and both an ambulance and fire engine from the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun.
The Department of Natural Resources volunteer mounted patrol supplied a gray mule. There was also a State Highway Administration truck, school bus, equipment from the Maryland Forest Service, DNR water apparatus, and a mail truck.
Parents and children were also provided with safety literature and other handouts. Holly Trego, from Cecil's Department of Emergency Services, provided car safety seat information.
This was part of the annual Safetyville program which is a partnership between the Cecil County Department of Parks and Recreation, Cecil Sheriff's Office, and Elkton Police Department. 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 more.
There is still time to enroll your child for the July program. That event 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.