Celebrating 26 years in Coral Springs, Safety Town is a comprehensive early childhood, hands-on safety education program designed to introduce all types of safety situations to children between the ages of 4½ and 6½.
Safety Town started as a result of of a child being hurt in a bicycle accident back in 1986. At the time, a young child named Seth Adams was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a passing automobile. He survived but was so critically injured that he spent over a year in a head trauma rehabilitation center in Boston. As he lay in intensive care fighting for his life, his mother, Jane, made this comment: “My hope and prayer is that no other family ever has to go through something like this.”
Because of this tragedy, the Adams’ friends, the City of Coral Springs, and its Police and Fire Departments, and the Kiwanis Club of Coral Springs banded together to begin the first registered, accredited Safety Town program in the state of Florida. Dorothy Chlad, National Safety Town’s Founder and President was invited to our city to present the program to the community and its leaders. The concept was embraced and in June of 1987, the first Safety Town was held at Coral Springs Christian School.
Safety Town of Coral Springs continues to be a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Coral Springs in cooperation with the City of Coral Springs, the Police and Fire Departments, Transeastern Properties of South Florida, along with various area businesses and groups.
For the past 26 years, Safety Town of Coral Springs has relied on the support of many businesses, organizations and individuals for their donations of time, product, and money to ensure the continuing success of this program. It is estimated that over 4,000 young children have graduated from the summer Safety Town programs. And each year, nearly 3,000 kindergarten children benefit from the Safety Town for Kindergartners program sponsored by the Coral Springs Police Department and is now available to every elementary school in Coral Springs and Parkland on an annual basis.
It’s not too late to register your child for the future summer sessions of the program.
Location: Safety Town in Kiwanis Park
520 Ramblewood Drive
(north of Ramblewood Middle School
and the Fire Station in Kiwanis Park)
Eligibility: Must be between 4½ and 6½ years old by June 2012; proof of age required at registration.
• Session 3: July 9 to 20, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Session 4: July 23 to August 3, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
(Dates are subject to change.)
Parents must register their own child(ren).
Call soon as spaces are limited 954-344-1811.
- Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.
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