The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 10, 2012

Local students visit Safety Town

Northside kids learn lessons in safety

PALESTINE — Law enforcement and emergency personnel were able to teach valuable safety lessons to Northside Primary School first-grade students Tuesday through the Rotary Club of Palestine’s Safety Town located in the Palestine Mall’s courtyard area.

“We need to teach young kids to pay attention to traffic signs, being careful crossing the street, and knowing how and when to call 911. Teaching them about 911 and learning their address could save a life if they knew what to do in a situation — their life or someone else’s,” Rotary Club Safety Town Project Chairman Mike Abrahamson said Wednesday. “We intend to do more Safety Town events with different schools around Anderson County.”

Palestine Fire Department firefighters talked about fire safety, Palestine police officers discussed pedestrian and traffic safety — while the students practiced what they learned on small trikes around Safety Town. Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor discussed gun safety, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy/DARE Officer Pat Douthitt-Green talked about bullying, an Oncor representative discussed safety around electricity and Palestine EMS personnel showed students inside the ambulance. Students also learned about railroad safety, Internet safety, and how and when to call 911.

Bon Appetit Bakery provided cookies for the students.

The Rotary Club built Safety Town in October 2011 and taught its first safety lessons to Palestine-area Cub Scouts in February.

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