Safe Kids Springfield is rolling out a new tool to keep kids safe–and hundreds of Ozarks agencies stand to benefit. Safety Town, a nationally recognized program for preschool and elementary aged children, will be unveiled at Mercy Hospital Springfield on Friday, May 1.
“It’s essentially a ‘town’ on a trailer, with mini-buildings, traffic signs and signals, and crosswalks to make it more realistic,” said Daphne Greenlee, coordinator of Safe Kids Springfield and trauma outreach coordinator for Mercy Injury Prevention. “Safety Town is designed to be interactive so kids will learn by doing and seeing things, and it can be tailored for many different topics like bike and playground safety, fire and poison prevention, and more.”
The customizable exhibit includes helmets, educational booklets, t-shirts and an instructor’s guide that covers an expansive curriculum. It will be available to more than 200 of Safe Kids Springfield’s partners, including the Springfield Police Department, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and City of Springfield, for educational events.
“For example, if the YMCA needs it, they can integrate elements of the town for water safety, one of the ten risk areas covered by the educational program,” Greenlee added. “Hundreds of children across Southwest Missouri can benefit from Safety Town – children who may not normally have the option to attend an event in Springfield or one of the larger cities.”
The $22,000 exhibit was funded by Mercy Health Foundation Springfield and an Emergency Medical Services for Children grant by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Media is invited to check out Safety Town at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 1, just north of Mercy Kids, located at 1235 E Cherokee St.
Also on May 1, Mercy is also hosting Mercy Spirit Night at Springfield’s Incredible Pizza, located at 2850 S. Campbell Ave. A portion of proceeds from 5-8 p.m. will benefit Mercy Kids. For more details on Mercy Spirit Night, call Erin O’Keefe at 417-820-9869 or Tera Graven at 417-820-3701. To learn more about Mercy Health Foundation Springfield, click here.