Kindergarteners learn safety

CHAMPION — Champion children who will be entering kindergarten this fall learned different ways to be safe at home and school as part of the fourth annual summer Safety Town hosted by the Champion Rotary Club.

The weeklong event was held at the 104-year-old Champion Central Elementary School and is the last event for children at the school, as it closed and a new PK-8 School opens in August.

Babette Sisler of the Rotary said the Safety Town helps get children ready for the first day of school. They learned skills like crossing streets with traffic, riding on a bus, dealing with fire in a building and what to do when approached by a unknown dog. Children also learn to walk in a line, raise their hands and stay quiet in hallways.

Sisler said new this year at the program is the children learned sign language.

Krystal Randolph, sign language instructor, said, “The children were very quick to learn the sign language. They learned to say ‘car,’ ‘firemen,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome.'”

Helping at the event were members of the Champion High School Interact Club

Adam Fisher, a sophomore, said he liked being able to work with the younger children.

Charlotte Gavazzi, 5, said she liked being able to ride the small cars through a miniature town set up in the school gymnasium.

Sisler said the children met firefighters and police officers so they would learn these people are there to help them.

“The firefighters put on full gear in front of the students,” she said.

Safety Town is a national program that has been developed by the Champion Rotarians to address specific needs of the Champion students.