Muskingum Valley Safetytown says thanks

Muskingum Valley Safetytown for 2019 has been completed. More than 80 children ready to enter kindergarten in the fall participated in the nine-day program. This was the 32nd year for this program.

The sponsor, Beverly Lions Club, would like to express our thanks to the following that helped with monetary donations: Luminant Corporation, Fraternal Order of Eagles, St. John’s Evangelical Church, Adkins Timber Products, Sponey’s IGA, Citizens Bank Co., Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Dough Boyz Pizzeria, B&W Pharmacy, Dietz, Futrell & Walters Insurance, Prieto & Schott CPA’s, Mt. Moriah Lodge #37 F. & A.M., American Legion Post #389, Sons of American Legion Post #389, American Legion Auxillary Unit #389, Skinner Firestone, Joe Huck Contractor, Heiss Plumbing & Electric, Virgil Huck Builders, McCurdy Funeral Home, Eye Care Associates, Corner Store and McDonald’s.

Thanks to the OCCL Club members from Guys & Dolls, Buttons & Bows, Miracles to Memories and Delta for helping with the snacks. Thanks to the Corner Store, McDonald’s and Sponey’s IGA for help with the snacks. Thanks to the Lions members for Safety Town set-up and for running the stoplight.

Thanks to Fort Frye School District for the use of the Beverly-Center Elementary School and help from the staff.

Thanks to the teachers Heidi Fryman, Dawn Spurr and Sue Sampson and to the 42 volunteers who gave up two weeks of their summer vacation to be a “special friend” and teacher to all the Safety Towners.

Lessons on topics of strangers, bullying, bus, bicycles, farms, boats, pools, water, poison, sun, fires, emergencies and first-aid, hand washing, electrical, home, seatbelts, guns, pedestrians and pet and playground safety were taught through videos, speakers, demonstrations and activities. Each child received an I.D. card.

Thom and Leann Stan, John and Kay Shreve, Barb Adkins, Linda Schaad, Pete Kegley, Ralph Spencer and Kandy Baker, members of the Beverly Lions Club, were on hand several days to set up and operate the stop light at Safety Town while the children rode pedal cars and tractors and walked along the streets to learn car and pedestrian safety.

Thanks to the following speakers and their topic for each session included: Gabby Baker and Lily Roberts from the Beverly Pool, water safety; Kathryn Hartline from the Ohio University Extension Office, pretty poisons; Officer Aaron Perine of the Beverly Police, gun safety; Julia Biehl and Danielle Scott from Hopewell Counseling, body safety; Officer Schwendenmen of the sheriff’s department, stranger danger; Robert Cifranic and other members of the Dept. of Natural Resources, boat safety; Dr. Phil Lowe, pet safety; Officer Caleb Courson of the State Highway Patrol, seatbelt safety; Janine Satterfield, home safety; Jennifer Green, electrical safety; Beth Lewis and Joanna Lupardis from Strecker Cancer Center, sun safety; Debbie Smith and Peggy Squires, pet safety; Beverly Emergency Squad; Joyce Howard, Fort Frye Local Schools bus driver, bus safety; and Jim Ullman, Josh Kasun and Jared Miller from the Beverly Volunteer Fire Dept., fire safety.

Another huge thanks goes to Luminant who provided the t-shirts this year.

Without the help of the community, we would be unable to present this program to our local children. We feel we had a successful Safety Town this year and look forward to the same next year with your help.

If we have overlooked anyone, please accept our sincere apologies.

Beverly Lions Club

Kelli Walsh, president

Kay Shreve, sec. and chairman