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Children's Village now open to out-of-county students

April 10, 2003

For the first time since its opening in 1991, Children's Village of Washington County is holding life safety classes for out-of-county students.

Two second-grade classes from the Greencastle-Antrim School District in Pennsylvania attended Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a $75,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant awarded to the Village in 2001.

Two classes from the Waynesboro (Pa.) School District will be at the Village on April 23 and 24.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to offer these classes to neighboring schools," said Rochelle Morrell, development director for Children's Village.

Morrell said the FEMA grant also financed improvements to the classroom building, doubling its size so the education of Washington County students can be completed in half the school year.


That will enable the Village to be available to surrounding school districts including the two Pennsylvania school districts currently participating in the pilot project, Morrell said.

Once the pilot programs are completed, Morrell said the life safety classes will be marketed to other out-of-county schools.

"Through the funding of these pilot programs, FEMA recognizes and supports the role Children's Village plays in the safety of our community," Morrell said.

Children's Village, at 1546 Mount Aetna Road, is a not-for-profit safety education organization whose mission is to provide elementary school children of Washington County with the skills necessary to make informed safety decisions.

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