Safety Town set to begin Monday

LAURINBURG — With Scotland County 4-H joining the effort to organize the program, next week’s Safety Town promises another year of interactive instruction in common hazards.

The program, for children aged 4-8, begins Monday at Washington Park Elementary School. The program will run from 8 a.m. until noon until Friday, June 26.

Local public safety workers will involve participants in engaging activities, leaving them with the knowledge of how to handle any given crisis.

Lessons will range from stranger danger, gun safety, preventing animal bites, traffic, and water safety. Once again, the Scotland County Firefighters’ Association will utilize its “smoke house,” which simulates a house fire so that children can practice their evacuation skills in an unfamiliar environment.

United Way of Scotland County will continue to sponsor the program, which it took over from Child Care Directions four years ago, with 4-H coming on as a partner this year.

Other activities will include games, songs, and arts and crafts. Organizations supporting this year’s Safety Town include the Scotland County Firefighters Association, Scotland County EMS, Laurinburg Police Department, American Red Cross, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Humane Society, Hanesbrands, City of Laurinburg, and Service Thread.

The program’s $10 cost includes snacks, a T-shirt, and all supplies. Participants may register at the start of the program on Monday.

For information or to register, call Angela Galloway or Chassidy Laws at 910-277-2422 or Debbie Grant at 910-276-6064.