Champion Rotary hosts Safety Town program

CHAMPION — Five-year-old Quinn Rowe, who will start kindergarten in August, said she learned what to do if there was ever smoke or fire in her home and also how to be safe when riding her bike.

Rowe and other children who will begin kindergarten in Champion took part in the annual summer Safety Town sponsored by the Champion Rotary Club where they learned important ways to be safe. Presenters included police officers, firefighters and animal care workers.

Babette Sisler, with the Champion Rotary Club, said Safety Town became part of the Rotary’s opportunity to mentor the Interact Club at Champion High School. That club is a youth service community club modeled after Rotary.

“We wanted the Interact Club to have a signature event that was based on leadership. The students wanted to be leaders to their fellow students. They chose to mentor the youngest students who are the incoming kindergarten students. They serve as leaders and helpers to the children at Safety Town,” Sisler said.

This year, eight Interact Club students helped.

Angel D’Andrea, a senior, said she comes back each year to work with the new children entering kindergarten.

She said she first got involved to see what it was like and has returned for the past three years because she enjoys working with a new group of children.

Camden Fisher, 5, said he learned from the firefighters that if there is a fire or smoke in his home, he should stop, drop and roll.

The children also learned police and fire personnel are their friends who can help them.

Animal Welfare League staff taught the children what to do if approached by a strange dog. Maddie Stein, a junior at Champion High School, said this was her first year helping.

“It is nice to work with children while they learn and get ready for school,” she said.

Sisler said this is the first time the program was held at the new PK-8 school. It used to be at Champion Central Elementary.

Safety Town is a nationally renowned program developed by Rotarians and Interactors to address the specific needs of future elementary students. Students learn school bus safety, animal safety, playground safety, and being safe around medicine and other items, according to its website.

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