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Safety Town Santa Barbara
updated: Feb 22, 2014, 10:00 AM

Our mission is to provide a quality, comprehensive, safety education program to pre and post- kindergarteners, regardless of a family's ability to pay.

The Safety Town program provides instruction of vital safety concepts, developmentally age appropriate activities, hands on learning, and visits from community safety professionals to implement the learning process in a fun, positive environment.

Through our program, we strive to give children the tools to develop and build a foundation of safety knowledge and awareness, to empower them to make safe choices for a safe future.

Every summer in Santa Barbara, over five hundred kindergarten and first grade children prepare for the school year by participating in a Safety Town program sponsored by Soroptimist International of Santa Barbara (SISB). During the five-day program, they learn the essential skills they will need in their daily activities at school and at home.

Each Safety Town session starts on a Monday when parents and children arrive at the school site where they find a carefully laid out city built to the scale of a small child. Miniature buildings line a grid of streets complete with traffic signs and signals. Each child receives a bright yellow tee shirt to wear during program sessions. After a brief orientation meeting, the children say goodbye to their parents and break into small groups led by volunteer teen counselors and supervised by staff.

Through movies, songs, and guest visits, the Safety Town program trains children to evaluate "safe" from "unsafe." Under the guidance of volunteer youth instructors and credentialed teachers, children practice and experience their lessons in Safety Town, a miniature city layout built to the scale of a small child. Safety Town is a 17.5 hour course (3.5 hours per day, M-F, for 1 week). Topics discussed during the week include pedestrian, earthquake, fire, 9-1-1, bicycle, beach and pool, drugs, strangers, general play, along with personal and home safety. Children are visited by community safety professionals such as police, firefighters, forest rangers, paramedics, water safety professionals, and more. Program includes one off-site field trip, (ride on city bus reserved for Safety Towners only)

Now accepting applications for Child and CIT Volunteers at sbsafetytown.org

 

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