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Children's Village safety booklet planned

June 19, 2003|BY MARLO BARNHART

A "lessons-learned" booklet designed to extend the reach of the safety message taught at Children's Village of Washington County will become a reality, thanks to a $12,200 federal grant announced Wednesday.

The booklet will be designed to improve the safety education not only of the students attending classes at the Mount Aetna Road facility but also of the students' families, said Rochelle Morrell, development director for Children's Village.

The grant came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency under its Assistance to Firefighters safety program, Morrell said. It is the second time in less than two years that the Children's Village life safety program has been recognized by FEMA.

Morrell said that after the booklet is prepared, Children's Village will be able to share the lessons-learned guide with public safety educators across the country who have requested information on creating their own children's safety villages.

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Morrell said those requests have increased substantially since the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md., made a tour of Children's Village of Washington County part of the program for all students enrolled in their risk reduction classes.

Children's Village of Washington County is a not-for-profit safety education organization which has the mission of providing elementary school children of Washington County with the skills necessary to make informed safety decisions.

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