Archive for Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Officers teach Rainbow Preschool youngsters safety

March 1, 2000

Rainbow Preschoolers learned a lesson in safety last week from Baldwin City police officers.

Sgt. Colleen Larson talked to the preschoolers about the importance of wearing seatbelts in the car, helmets while riding a bike or rollerblading, and always looking both ways before crossing a street.

The preschoolers were quite proud that they already do those things, as taught by their parents. However, some of the children admitted that sometimes their parents "forget" to follow at least one of the safety rules wearing a seat belt.

"Remind them that you care about them and don't want them to get hurt," Larson said. "They need to be safe, too."

Larson offered these safety reminders:

Always wear a seatbelt while riding in a car.

Always wear a helmet while riding bikes, rollerblading or skateboarding.

Look both ways and listen before crossing the street. The safest place to cross a street is at a street corner.

"Remember seatbelts, helmets and watch for cars," Larson said. "I hope you have a good time while you are outside playing, and be safe."

Larson and Bill Dempsey helped the preschoolers who were wearing police hats made of construction paper fill out identification cards, complete with thumbprint and photo.

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