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State Farm Insurance lends hand to Children's Village

November 21, 2009

State Farm Insurance Companies donated $5,000 to Children's Village of Washington County on Nov. 4.

The money will be used to fund programs that use uniformed firefighters and police officers to teach fire, traffic, water, pedestrian and other personal safety skills to county elementary students.

Nearly 2,000 second-graders in Washington County attend the center each school year. Annual family outreach is estimated at 10,000. An annual open house draws another 2,000 people to the center. The campus also serves as home base for juvenile fire-setting intervention and other community-based life safety programs.

Hagerstown State Farm agents Gaye McGovern, Tom Breidenstein, Larry Michaels and Tim Panther presented the check to Rochelle Morrell, executive director of Children's Village of Washington County, at the center in Hagerstown.

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"Educating children on safety skills takes collaboration between businesses, community organizations and schools," McGovern said. "State Farm is proud to partner with Children's Village of Washington County and Washington County Public Schools as good neighbors making a difference in the lives of our children."

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