Monday, April 30, 2012

Oshkosh Police Dept Safety City Program Registration Now Open

The Oshkosh Police Department has provided hands-on safety education to nearly 2,000 children through the summer Safety City program since 2004. Funding for the initial development of the program was provided by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Hiwela Youth Fund, Mercy Health Foundation, Aurora Health Foundation and many individual donors.  The program continues to receive donations from individuals, civic organizations and businesses. A nominal registration fee is charged to participate.

The program will run June 11-July 26 with four weeks for 4-6 year olds and two weeks for 7-9 year olds. Safety City provides hands-on safety education using interactive and classroom activities.  Safety City for ages 4-6 incorporates a portable neighborhood with streets, traffic signs, bikes and pedal cars.  Safety City for ages 7-9 incorporates activities appropriate for the changing developmental stages of elementary school-age children and includes a bike rodeo and supervised bike ride. All the safety education is provided by law enforcement officers, classroom teachers and other community partners. Fox Valley Technical College Oshkosh Riverside Campus is the location for the program. Participants receive a t-shirt, bike helmet and snacks.

New this year is a partnership with the Oshkosh Area School District summer school program for the 4-6 year old sessions.  Parents had the opportunity to register their child for Safety City as part of the four-week Getting Ready for Kindergarten or Getting Ready for First Grade summer school program.  However, participation is open to any Oshkosh-area child.

Day Cares are welcome to arrange participation in the program as a field trip option and should contact Community Programs Coordinator, Dorry Wilner for details. Volunteers are welcome and must complete a Volunteer Application. Parents can register their child for the program directly with the Oshkosh Police Department. For registration forms and more information visit the Department website or 236-5714.

PLEASE NOTE: June 18 and June 25 sessions for 4-6 year olds are full.  July 9 and July 16 for 4-6 year olds and June 11 and July 23 sessions for 7-9 year olds are open for registration NOW.


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