Kids learn Safetytown rules daily

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Moyers straps on a duty belt around Sabastian Colyer’s waist during Safetytown in Marietta Tuesday.

Marietta’s Safetytown kicked off this week with rules of crossing the street then introductions to police, ambulances and stranger danger.

Today 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old students will focus on bus safety, train track rules and fire safety.

“All of these safety rules cover most aspects of their life whether they’re playing or are on a walk or on their bike,” explained Bethany Colvin, fifth-grade teacher for Washington Elementary, who is leading young minds this week through Marietta Rotary’s Safetytown. “I love that they get to see the police officers in a calm setting.”

“And as sad as it is, even part of the discussion today was what to do if you find needles,” added Andrea Eichhorn, a kindergarten teacher at Washington, who is also taking morning and afternoon groups through the program.

Approximately 150 students are going through the nine-day course either in the morning or afternoon of each weekday. Their lessons will culminate in a graduation from Safetytown June 21 at Marietta High School.

“Already after the first day (Elle) was telling me how to cross the street and she was practicing what she learned,” said Marietta father Bobby Rosenstock of his 6-year-old daughter Elle when he arrived Tuesday to pick her up. “It seems like a way to instill safety while still having fun and a good introduction to a lot more kids in a school setting.”

Elle told her dad Tuesday she learned “if you don’t know, don’t go” in relation to stranger danger.

Alekzandra Milliron, 5, of Marietta, was fascinated Tuesday by the gurney in the ambulance.

“We had a bed with a button on the bed that (makes it) go up and down,” she said. “And there were three policemen.”

Milliron was also excited to name her paper bag police officer she had colored during the day’s program, dubbing the character “Officer Princess.”

Sabastian Colyer, 5, of Marietta, said he wants to be a policeman when he grows up after Deputy Todd Moyers, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, strapped a duty belt on the child.

“They meet us now, that way they know if they get lost or hurt they can come to one of us,” said Moyers.

The nine days focus on the following themes:

¯ Stop, look and listen before you cross the street.

¯ When you don’t know, don’t go.

¯ Sit, buckle and behave whenever you go riding.

¯ Think safe when you play.

¯ Always swim with a buddy in a supervised area.

¯ Don’t play with matches.

¯ Be poison smart.

¯ Don’t ride double, one rider to a seat.

Graduation will take place at 7 p.m. June 21 at Marietta High School.

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¯ Marietta Safetytown graduation will take place at 7 p.m. June 21 at Marietta High School.