Safety begins now, with planning Junior Mothers Club is signing up pre-kindergartners for class

Cecil Giltz Published:

Representatives of Kent Junior Mothers will be at kindergarten registrations at all of the Kent elementary schools Wednesday to make a brief presentation about Safety School and answer any questions about the program.

Safety School 2003 will be held from 9 a.m. until noon the weekdays of July 14 through 18 at Walls Elementary School in Kent.

All children entering kindergarten in Kent at the end of summer 2003 are eligible and encouraged to attend the program.

Children will be introduced to safety awareness in their daily lives.

The program will address such important issues as stranger awareness, fire safety, bus safety, dialing 911 and much more.

The children will be grouped with other children from their school and can begin getting to know their classmates and making new friends before school starts.

The Kent Junior Mothers Club has hosted Safety School for the past 25 years. Every year, all 60 club members and about 40 teen volunteers from the Kent community work together to run Safety School.

The Kent Stanton Middle School students and Theodore Roosevelt High School students can pick up teen volunteer applications in the guidance office of their schools.

All graduating seniors who have been Safety School volunteers in the past are eligible to apply for the annual Lisa Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship that Kent Junior Mothers awards every year.

Scholarship applications are also available in the guidance office at Roosevelt.

Many of the Safety School classes are taught by people from the Kent community. Linda Ferlito, swimming instructor at Roosevelt, presented the water safety program last year and instructed the kindergartners on such aspects of water safety as wearing proper age-and-size appropriate floatation devices, and dealing with being rescued in a water emergency. Barb Wagner, kindergarten teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Kent, entertained the children through storytime while teaching them about safety precautions around strangers.

Kent Junior Mothers relies on the generosity of area merchants and businesses every year for donations to run Safety School, which has become a community operation.

According to Cathy Dawe, club board member, Its the main focal point of Kent Junior Mothers, but the club couldnt run the program without all of the time and support we get from so many people in the Kent community.

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