By Sharon Aron Baron
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 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 are 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 this program’s continuing success. 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.