Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Calgary's students are learning how to stay safe

Since 2003, The City and its partners have been on a mission to increase awareness about personal safety for school children grades four to seven.

Safety Expo is an annual event held in the Municipal Building Atrium where Calgary’s kids receive hands-on education about safety.

Alderman Diane Colley-Urquhart, Honorary Chair of the Safety Expo for several years, sees it as a unique opportunity to address a very important audience.

“The goal of Safety Expo is for Calgary kids to internalize what they learn about safety at home, school and play and then help ensure safe environments for themselves and others,” she said.

On March 10 and 11, The City and several corporate and community partners are expecting about 3,200 students from Calgary Catholic, public and charter schools to attend Safety Expo 2010.

According to Colley-Urquhart, students at this age are an ideal audience for messages about safety. “They are excited to learn about safety and eager to share what they learn with their families, friends and school mates.”

The event will feature more than 35 interactive booths, five workshops, presentations and hands-on learning opportunities. Transportation costs for pre-registered students are paid for by ENMAX.

During the Expo, the Jim Gray Safer Calgary Awards will also be announced. The annual awards honour groups and individuals for their contributions to violence prevention, injury prevention and safety.

For more information about Safety Expo 2010, or for a list of organizations participating in planning and hosting the event, visit calgary.ca/animalservices.

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