ST. GEORGE — Instilling important, lifelong lessons are a big reason why Safety Town, a day camp for young children entering kindergarten or first grade, has developed such a strong following in St. George since the 1980s. This year’s edition of Safety Town is set for the week of June 7. A pair of two-hour sessions are available, beginning at 9 a.m. and noon, respectively.

“This program has been a community staple for 37 years,” said Dawn Eide-Albrecht, Recreation Supervisor, Camps and Programs. “Throughout the years, the program’s curriculum has changed to reflect new safety concerns. The program now includes pedestrian safety, internet safety, bike and scooter safety, stranger danger, drug awareness, fire safety, bullying and more.”

Throughout the weeklong session, stories, games, songs and videos reinforce the safety skills being taught. By using a hands-on approach, children absorb important information and have fun at the same time. Employees from various City departments, teen volunteers and other community groups help teach safety awareness and prevention to the young campers.

“I volunteer because I love helping the little kids learn things that will stick with them for their whole lives,” said youth volunteer Isaac Jorgensen. “I believe every kid should do Safety Town because it is amazing and so helpful in teaching them how to be safe.”

“I originally signed my child up for Safety Town to help instill basic safety such as crosswalk safety, bicycle safety, fire safety and not talking to strangers,” added St. George resident Hannah Albrecht. “They both came away with so much more than the basics. They were able to meet some of our local firefighters, police officers and EMT’s. My children came away with more than just basic safety but a sense of who they could turn to if they ever needed help.”

Safety Town classes take place at the Heritage Elementary School (747 E. Riverside Drive). Classes are limited to 75 participants for each session.

“As a personal injury attorney and father, I see the dangers that our kids face in the streets, at our schools and online,” said Anthony McMullin of McMullin Injury Law, a 1986 graduate of the Safety Town program and the main sponsor of this year’s event. “Safety Town teaches our children in a fun and effective way how to avoid danger and make choices that will keep them safe.”    

Sign up for Safety Town here.

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