Safety Town draws children not only from Hamilton, but also from all over Butler County, according to Collins.
“The participation level has been high. We also get great volunteers to come and help us teach the kids,” she said.
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According to the National Safety Town Center, in 1937 the initiative was founded in Mansfield, Ohio, by policeman Frend Boals and expanded into a comprehensive safety education program by Bedford, Ohio, nursery school teacher Dorothy Chlad in 1964.
The Hamilton program was one of the first developed in the nation, according to Wentz, a retired member of the Hamilton Fire Department.
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The program is sponsored by the Hamilton Community Foundation, Greater Hamilton Safety Council and funded by the Lindenwald Kiwanis, City of Hamilton and the Officer Bob Gentry Memorial Fund Committee.