Kids Alive Fest makes safety lesson fun

June 08, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Marissa Moore, 6, of Funkstown, was quick to choose the best part of the 12th annual Kids Alive Fest. It was the dogs, she said.

At the Children's Village of Washington County Inc. event at its property on Mt. Aetna Road, the Washington County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit demonstrated what its dogs could do.

A deputy pretended to hide some marijuana and a dog sniffed out the situation and pointed out the illegal drugs, Children's Village Development Director Rochelle Morrell said.


For Moore's mother, Barbara Moore, the best part of the event was that her daughter's fingerprints were taken, which could help if she ever went missing.

Employees with The Baltimore Life fingerprinted about 100 children and provided the prints, on an identification card, to their parents, agent Timothy Calimer said.

Moore praised the event.

"I think it is great. They get all kinds of information," she said.

The K-9 demonstration and fingerprinting were among many demonstrations and booths at the annual event which serves as a Children's Village fund-raiser and a way to educate the public, Morrell said.

The event, geared toward elementary school students, provides information on topics ranging from fire safety to the importance of life rafts to how hurricanes are named.

Verna Brown, Emergency Management Agency coordinator for Washington County, said her booth at the event was for teaching children not to play with chemicals and to pay attention to the weather.

Sharon Woods brought four members of a Brownie troop who are trying to get their safety patch to the event.

The variety of booths and demonstrations were excellent and educational, she said.

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