Muskingum Valley Safety Town has drawn to a close for another year. More than 80 children, ready to enter kindergarten in the fall, participated in the two week program held at Beverly-Center Elementary School from May 28 - June 7. The program continues to grow in popularity, as several grandparents brought their 'kindergarten-to-be' grandchildren to participate. "This is such a good program and there's nothing like this near where they live." and "There's a program like this where they live, but it's so expensive." were some of the comments heard from grandparents during the program.
The purpose of this free program - sponsored by the Beverly Lions Club and Duke Energy - is to introduce incoming kindergarteners to safety skills including pedestrian and car safety, taught by students walking and driving around the Safety Town village; farm, stranger, bully, bus, bicycle and helmet, water, poison, fire, emergency and first-aid, backpack, hand washing, electrical, home, and pet safety taught through videos, speakers, demonstrations, and activities. Featured guest speakers and presenters for these various topics included: Missy Hesson, Beverly squad members, Candi Nelson, Air-Evac LIfeteam, Jennifer Greene, Dr. Phil Lowe, Zandra Francis, Debbie Smith, Deputy Craig Brockmeier, Campbell's Farm, Jessica Lauric, Tabitha and Brady Kutscherenko and Dr. Urban's office, Roger Stern and Teresa Wallace, Beverly Pool staff, Ronald McDonald, Lois Neville, Josh Kasun, and the Beverly Police Department.
The Safety Town program continues to receive support from numerous community sponsors. This year's sponsors included Duke Energy, American Legion Post 389, St. John's Evangelical Church in memory of Betty Beaver, Sons of American Legion Squadron 389, Muskingum Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Waterford PTO, Phil and Jennifer Lowe, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 389, AEP, Schilling Truss, Inc., Citizens Bank Company, Mt. Moriah Lodge 37 F & AM, Mc Donald's, B & W Pharmacy, Waterford Commercial and Savings Bank, Moore's Hand-Cut Glass, R.W. Miller Plumbing and Electric, Sponey's IGA, McCurdy Funeral Home, Joe Huck Contractor, Skinner Firestone, Dietz, Futrell, and Walters Insurance, Heiss Plumbing and Electric, Dough Boyz Pizzeria, Mane Experience, First Impressions Salon, Raymond Jones, Adkins Timber Products LLC, Prieto and Schott CPA's, Muskingum Valley Hardware, and Witten's Farms.
Daily snacks were provided by local O.C.C.L. clubs. Beverly Lions members were in charge of the set up of Safety Town and Lions Club members John and Kay Shreve, Walt and Linda Schaad, and Ralph Spencer took turns operating the Safety Town traffic light.
In addition to continued community support, Safety Town couldn't operate without the help of the 'special friends' for each group of Safety Towners. Each year, teens from Fort Frye and Waterford donate two weeks of their summer vacation to help the children learn all the important safety lessons. This year's volunteers included: Lindsay Arnold, Blake Campbell, Trystan Crawford, Megan Hesson, Taylor Pennock, Jessie Reynolds, Brennan Schilling, Jordan Schilling, Lexi Skinner, Jenna Stephan, Morgan Strickler, Allison Adams, Alex Branham, Kelsey Clark, Taylor Hilverding, Sarah Klinger, Haley McCutcheon, Abby Morgan, Sorella North, Megan Pennock, Danielle Quimby, Katie Semon, Ashley Canterbury, Logan Fouss, Caleigh Fryman, Breanna Grahame, Courtney Hendershot, Jillian McCutcheon, Haley Morgan,Micala Negri, Regina Newsad, Matt Roush, Olivia Schultheis, and Tara Skinner.
Teachers for Safety Town are Heidi Fryman, Dawn Spurr, and Sue Sampson.
PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN
The Beverly United Methodist Preschool is taking registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered. Children must be 3 years of age by September 15, 2013. Contact Jodi Leach at 740-336-4230 or Carly Spindler at 740-896-3533 for more information.
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.