ASHLAND -- The Ashland Kiwanis Club will be holding their Safety Town event virtually later this summer for incoming area kindergarteners.
The event overviews several safety initiatives as well as instructs children how to work positively with each other. Safety Town will take place from Aug. 2 to 6. Parents must register their children by June 30.
“It helps children understand safety: how to safely cross a street or to ride your bike on the sidewalk or the road; different traffic-related safety guidelines," Kiwanis Club member Amy Daubenspeck said. "We talk about healthy living and household chemicals -- what to stay away from.
"We also usually do an anti-bullying program."
Two years ago the Kiwanis Club had its first Safety Town. The three-day event was well-received by the public in 2019. Prior to that, Safety Town had not been around in Ashland for about 20 years.
Ashland's Kiwanis Club resurrected the program, however Safety Town had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid. Earlier this year, the Kiwanis Club decided to keep 2021's Safety Town virtual.
“Over this winter, when we wanted to make plans to have (the event) again, it was in the height of COVID," Daubenspeck said. "We could not find a place that would commit to having us there.
"We ended up deciding to do a virtual program because regardless of what ended up happening, we could still do it.”
Daubenspeck stated the goal is to have an in-person Safety Town next summer in 2022.
Ashland's Kiwanis Club received a Youth Impact Grant from the Ashland County Community Foundation that covered bicycle helmets and drawstring bags for the participating children. The bags will be filled with craft supplies and children will also receive a t-shirt.
Participants will be given a link to a YouTube channel that will feature a multitude of safety videos meant to be watched by both children and parents.
“We are just going to ask that the parents document some of those activities that they do during that week and send them back to us," Daubenspeck said. "They will get a certificate that says they finished Safety Town."
Interested parents can request a registration form by contacting email@example.com by June 30. Registration is $10 and the event is open to Ashland County incoming kindergarteners.
Parents will be able to pick up the children's supplies the week before Safety Town begins.