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Westerville Safety City

Westerville Safety City is a program designed to teach preschool children about a variety of safety issues. The program runs for two weeks in the summer. It is offered to students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall.

The program is operated by a non-profit organization and coordinates the cooperative effort of the Westerville Fire Department, Police Department, and City Schools.

Safety Town was started in Mansfield, OH in 1932 by police officer, Friend Bowles and kindergarten teacher, Ruth Robbins. It was started as a result of a child's death. The child was hit and killed by a car. (Ruth's son, John Robbins, is a prominent member of the Westerville community.)

In 1977, a Safety Town program based on the Mansfield program was started in Westerville. At the time, it was held at St Paul's. The first year's program educated 50 students. Area teens were assistants and Otterbein students taught the program.

Each child is taught basic rules of traffic and pedestrian safety, fire prevention, school bus safety, poison control, gun safety, water safety, and stranger awareness. Upon completion of the program, each child receives a Certificate of Achievement and participates in a graduation ceremony.

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