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Children take safe route to graduation


Sylvania police officer and Safety City program director Sergeant Justin Music talks about the program to help children be safer at the graduation ceremony.

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Parents enjoyed the the graduation ceremonies perhaps as much as their children for this year’s Safety City.

It was a course to teach children how to avoid danger and stay safe. Two sets of children, 160 in all, graduated Friday morning and afternoon, singing safety songs for parents and relatives at the Maplewood Elementary gym, 6769 Maplewood Ave. in Sylvania.

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"This is the Way We Are Safe," "Sing a Song of Safety," and other safety-themed songs helped them to remember what was taught during the week-long course.

Hosted annually by the City of Sylvania Police Department, the program taught per-kindergarten children about crossing the road safely, biking with a helmet, and driving with a seat belt on, all on an outdoor mock-city set up behind the school.

Police Sergeant Justin Music, director of community affairs, said the children took part in several safety training courses given by community organizations, including a mini-fire demonstration presented by the Sylvania Township Fire Department.

The fire department used a mini-fire safety house to show the proper way to escape from a fire, how to stop, drop, and roll, and also gave the children a chance to squirt the water hose.

Other education demonstrations included stranger danger, how to safely approach a dog, and water safety around pools and lakes.

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