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New program at Children's Village

April 29, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

For 12 years, Children's Village of Washington County has been teaching youngsters how to be safe at home, at school and in the community.

Now the program is being offered to disabled young adults ages 14 to 21 and their families, said Rochelle Morrell, director of development for Children's Village.

"We are looking for a class size of 25 to 30 people plus their families," Morrell said.

The first class is scheduled for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the village, 1546 Mt. Aetna Road.

The program, although similar to the life-safety education provided to every second-grader in Washington County, will be tailored to the needs of the individuals attending the training, Morrell said.

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Among the items on the current curriculum at Children's Village are pedestrian, bicycle and school bus safety, traffic signs and signals, 911 telephone emergency techniques, fire safety, respect for law enforcement officials, drug and alcohol information, water safety, stranger danger, poison awareness and safe use of electricity and household appliances.

"We are happy to expand our community outreach through this special safety education program for those with developmental disabilities," Morrell said.

Currently students from public and private schools travel to Children's Village throughout the school year for two consecutive days of safety instruction.

They learn by watching demonstrations and films on a variety of subjects. Instructors include firefighters and police officers.

Assisting the Children's Village staff and instructors in the new program for the disabled will be participants in the Western Maryland AmeriCorps A Star program, Morrell said.

A Star operates through the Western Maryland Alliance for Service and Volunteerism and Frostburg State University, Morrell said. It works with programs throughout Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.

To get more information or to sign up for the new program, call Children's Village at 301-733-4443.

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