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Starkville's Safety Town

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 10/01/2013 7:24 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Safety Town is where kindergarten and pre-K students from Starkville and Oktibbeha County stop at seven different stations that are set up at the Starkville Sportsplex.

They learn about everything from the importance of saying no to strangers to wearing bike helmets. 

A trust fund set up through the state provides each child with a helmet.

Allison Lowther with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services said, "We've learned that the younger we get children to wearing these helmets it becomes a habit.
Hopefully they'll grow up wearing these helmets. We're all about preventing brain injuries."

Around 50 volunteers from JA and the community show the young people how to stay safe and healthy.

Leah Kemp with Junior Auxiliary said, "They learn a lot about safety. They take that home with them. We've got great goody bags that further that knowledge that they learn today. They really learn things that supplement their education that they're getting in the schools."

Over the course of two days more than 700 students from Starkville and Oktibbeha County will go through Safety Town.

This is the largest group at Safety Town, which has been a part of this community for decades and helped thousands of students.

Kemp said, "It's been going on a really long time. I think I actually may have done it when I was a child."

The presenters say they hope the things they say and show the young people stick with them now and throughout their lives.
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