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Going to 'Safety Town'

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By Tris DeRoma

By the time they start kindergarten next year, a group of 39 preschoolers will have already learned some pretty important lessons on how to stay safe, thanks to “Safety Town.”
Los Alamos Police Department Chief Dino Sgambellone, a “graduate” of the program himself, brought the program from his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, where it’s been a popular program for years.
According to a statement on the Mansfield Police Department’s website, the program was started in 1937 by the Mansfield’s traffic commissioner and a kindergarten teacher.
Sgambellone said he was a big proponent of the program, since it often serves as the children’s first introduction to safety tips they will remember and use for the rest of their lives.
“I still remember the rules taught to me by the program,” he said.
For the next two weeks, the kids, under the guidance of Mountain Elementary School, Jennifer Guy, school staff and police officers from the LAPD, will learn how to ride bikes in accordance to the rules of the road and other traffic safety tips. They will also learn about drug awareness, firearms safety, “stranger danger,” outdoor safety, memorizing their addresses and phone numbers, as well as many other safety topics.


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