July 28, 2014 at 3:25 AM
South Plainfield, NJ – If you stopped by the PAL during the month of July, you probably noticed young students attending Safety Town in the gymnasium. The South Plainfield Recreation Department sponsors Safety Town for children four to six every summer. During July 14-25, students enrolled in session two learned all about safety skills. For two weeks, students discussed important safety lessons, including bike safety; fire safety; poison safety; pool safety; stranger safety; and street safety. Aside from learning about safety in the classroom, students went on two field trips around town. At the South Plainfield Community Pool, students learned about water safety, discussed the pool’s guidelines, and swam in the kiddie pool. While at the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department, students learned more about fire safety, went inside the fire trucks, and sprayed the fire hose into Spring Lake Park.
At Safety Town, students are paired with volunteer instructors who work with them one-on-one. The students were able to ride a bike and cross the street on the indoor “Safety Town” course. Students practiced crossing the street safely by holding their instructors hand. When riding their bike on Safety Town, students made sure to follow all traffic rules, watch out for pedestrians, and listen to their instructor.
On the final day of Safety Town, students participated in a graduation ceremony. Head teacher Cheryl Hughes and assistant teacher Kenny Crilley began the graduation with opening remarks to the audience. After welcoming family and friends, students sang three songs; “At the Curb,” “Stop, Look, and Listen,” and “The Fire Song.” Following their performance, students demonstrated their safety skills by riding their bikes and crossing the street on Safety Town with their instructors. After the students parked their bikes and returned to their seats, they each received their diplomas. At the end of the ceremony, audience members gave the students a final round of applause.
Graduates of session two include: Ashlyn Butrico, Noah Epstein, Soleil Goyette, Sean Griswold, Emily Hussain, Aaliyah Lewis, Megan Mehl, and Christyann White.
Safety Town supervisors include Cheryl Hughes, head teacher and Kenny Crilley, assistant teacher. Volunteer instructors assisting during session two were: Jackie Battista, Miranda Bourbeau, Danielle Hurst, Drew Rachwal, Melanie Rajpal, Rhea Rajpal, Nick Ruzicka, and Angela Sanchez.