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Safety Village teaches the basics for new students

June 20, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Stadium Drive Elementary became a city of its own on Monday as soon-to-be Boardman elementary school students learned the ropes on safety. The three-day program was hosted by the Boardman Council PTA.

"This makes our 21st year for Safety Village," said PTA Safety Village chair Cheryl Dutko.

She said each year the PTA tries to hold it at a different Boardman elementary school. This year it was Stadium Drive's turn. The program was for any child who would be entering kindergarten this fall.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Donavon Frye was among those participating in this week’s Safety Village at Stadium Drive Elementary School. He learned what basic street signs meant and how to be safe while on the road. The program is offered every year to children entering kindergarten.

The program is broken up into segments covering walking, bike riding, bus riding, and what signs and traffic lights mean. The fun part of the program is the actual miniature village that is set up with buildings and signage.

"We used to have our own, but it was ruined in a basement flood," Dutko said.

To pull off this year's program, Dutko said the Bazetta Fire Department loaned the Boardman PTA their Safety Village. The village included a school, police station, church, and various other buildings that are common in the community. It also came with stop signs, traffic lights, railroad crossings and other traffic signs the students needed to learn about.

Dutko said the Bazetta setup is really nice and she planned to take photos of it before it was broken down and placed back into the transport trailer.

"Maybe we could work with the Boardman High School wood shop to make us one of our own," she said. "We would just need a place to store it."

This year's event had 28 five- and six-year-olds attend. Each student was given a color T-shirt that represented the school they will be attending as kindergarteners this fall.

Besides learning about safety, the kids got a chance to make new friends prior to the start of school.



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