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Phillips said: “It is better to be safe than sorry.”
Each summer since 1977, about 300 kids entering kindergarten have participated in Safety Town that teaches children safety tips.
Birk said they looked at possibly doing a virtual Safety Town but found it would be very difficult to do since large gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned the state’s Stay at Home orders. He said police and Duritsch are exploring doing short school, pedestrian and bus safety videos that can be posted to the Safety Council, police and city webpages.
The Middletown Safety Town program is free and supported through sponsorships and donations. Officer Robin Rawlins teaches lessons on pedestrian, fire, stranger, seatbelt safety and gun safety. The kids get to drive pedal cars through the miniature village at Amanda Elementary School.
Duritsch said sign-ups were to begin in early May. She said those incoming kindergartners missing out this summer may be permitted to attend Safety Town next year.
Birk said COVID-19 has canceled two other events planned by police: Casting with a Cop in May and the Jeep-N-Eats event, both planned for Smith Park.