Safety Town School groups of children from kindergarten and first and third grades visit Safety Town where they learn bus safety, “stranger danger” safety, pedestrian safety, train safety, and bicycle safety. Safety Town staff and volunteers provide classroom instruction and then take the children to the streets of Safety Town to practice what they have learned.
Safety Town staff and volunteers have been protecting Portsmouth kids for forty years. The mock city at 4404 Deep Creek Blvd. is a joint venture of the city, its police, sheriff and fire departments, Portmoush Public Schools, and Portsmouth Schools Foundation. Safety Town teaches pedestrian, bicycle, bus and train safety in a fun and controlled environment.
The center's miniature townhouses were built and donated by the Tidewater Builder's Association. Lowe's gave a smaller version of its store. Portsmouth Sheriff's Department deputies built the jail. Stop lights, signs and other traffic items were given by the city. Students get to inspect an on-site school bus, police car and firetruck.
A regular part of the Portsmouth schools' curriculum, Safety Town is visited by kindergarten, first-graders and third-graders each spring and fall. After classroom instruction, students are taken outside to practice what they learn with adults there to supervise and correct. Though the city is make-believe, the lessons the children take away are real.
Schools outside of Portsmouth and other groups use Safety Town as well. The center partners with Portsmouth Reads to provide a summer program. They have had training for mentally and physically challenged adults as well.
Former Portsmouth police Capt. Asa Kelly envisioned Safety Town back in 1975 and the efforts of citizens, businesses and elected officials brought it to fruition soon after.
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