Kids Alive Fest is Saturday

June 06, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Out of respect for all police officers and firefighters, the organizers of the 11th annual Kids Alive Fest at Children's Village of Washington County are departing from tradition Saturday to honor them.

"It's appropriate that we do this, especially after Sept. 11," said Rochelle Morrell, director for development. "We are so proud of their efforts here locally to keep us safe."

This Saturday fund-raiser and open house will begin at noon and continue until 4 p.m. at 1546 Mount Aetna Road with activities, tours, food, displays and fun for all ages, Morrell said.


Among the features planned for the event are a bike rodeo, child ID/fingerprinting, Lowe's Heroes Kids Clinic, Dunk-A-Cop booth, Power of Fire House tours, the Washington County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit, the Washington County Fire and Rescue Safety Trailer and more.

The Ronald McDonald Safety Show will begin at 2 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., a ceremony will honor the fire and police instructors who volunteer their time to teach life safety skills to second-grade students attending the two-day block of classes at Children's Village.

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

In the past year, the Village has received a $75,000 federal grant to expand into surrounding school districts.

Now the program is being offered to disabled young adults ages 14 to 21 and their families, Morrell said

The program, although similar to the life-safety education provided to every second-grader in Washington County, has been tailored to the needs of those attending the training.

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.

This year's Kids Alive Fest is sponsored by Hagerstown Trust and F&M banks.

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