Have you heard of the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village?
Since 2006, over 21,000 local grades 1, 4, and 6 students have participated in their programs in partnership with local emergency services and safety professionals.
Since 2009, 28 local children have been awarded and recognized for contributing to saving a life in Chatham-Kent. Their programs work! The Village (www.cksafetyvillage.org) is an interactive teaching facility focusing on injury prevention for elementary school children.
The Village is incorporated and is also registered as a charity with Canada Revenue Agency (so donations are always welcome!). They do not receive ongoing government funding and they are not run by the Municipality.
Construction at the Village started in 2005 and was completed in 2006 at which time regular safety instruction began. The facility is located on a five-acre parcel of land owned by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) and located within CM Wilson Conservation Area.
The Village’s primary core partners are Chatham-Kent Police Service, Chatham-Kent Fire Department, and Chatham-Kent EMS. Entegrus is a secondary partner and provides programming and instructors.
Programming is currently open to all students in grades 1, 4 and 6 in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
Students are provided with safety instruction in various areas including fire safety, water and ice safety, bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, school bus safety, internet safety, farm safety, basic first aid, electrical safety, and railway safety.
Over the past three years the Village has served an average of 2,072 children per year.
As an example of what the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village offers, here is the grade 6 program includes the following presentations:
CHATHAM-KENT POLICE SERVICE
• Internet safety and cyber proofing
• Intro to first-aid
• Role of the paramedic
• When to call 911
KENT & ESSEX MUTUAL INSURANCE FARM SAFETY
• ATV and lawnmower safety
• Tractor safety
• Chemical safety
While the sole focus of programming to date has been children’s safety, there are likely various other opportunities to expand the scope of the safety training offered at the Village to reach other at-risk segments of the community, including elderly persons and persons with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
The Village is currently governed by a volunteer board of directors. There are currently 10 directors, including representatives from each of the local municipal police, fire and emergency medical services. At the present time there is only one employee, being the Executive Director, who is responsible for all aspects of the operation including the facility, programming and fundraising.
Why not find out more about the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village and see perhaps if your child or grandchild’s class might be interested in participating in this valuable service to the children in our community.
Think about this – God is a safe dwelling place in life’s storms.
Just some food for thought.
Here in Chatham-Kent ‘WE GROW FOR THE WORLD’. Check out our website atwww.wegrowfortheworld.com
Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 40 years. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org