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Safety Town course returns

By Keeli Parkey

For the third year, the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce will offer Safety Town – an education program for children ages 4-8.

According to Chamber Executive Director Amanda Delp, the class is an interactive and comprehensive education program that introduces awareness and preventive procedures through discussions, role playing, walks, games, songs and artwork. The curriculum being discussed will include stranger danger, internet safety, fire safety, bike safety, water safety, gun safety, drugs and poison safety and other aspects of safety. Each lesson will be adapted for appropriateness for the age being taught.

“Safety Town is a national program taught in many cities across the United States,” said Delp. “We were able to take direction from the national criteria and develop a program unique for Unicoi County, tying in aspects of importance for our young children.”

Several local organizations will work with the Chamber to offer this safety education program, including the Erwin Police Department, Erwin Fire Department, All-American Handgun School and others.

Two sessions of Safety Town will be held next month – June 7-9 and June 14-16. Both sessions will be held at Unicoi County Middle School and will last from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

Registration is currently open and the cost is $25 for Unicoi County residents and $30 for non-residents. Participants will receive a Safety Town T-shirt. Scholarships are available.

“We will never turn down a child if their family cannot pay,” Delp said.

Applications are available at the Chamber office on Main Avenue in downtown Erwin and online at www.unicoicounty.org. For more information, call the Chamber at 743-3000. The deadline to register is Friday, June 3.