Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Calgary Students take part in Safety Expo

If you’re in the Municipal Building over the next two days, you’ll see the excitement of thousands of school learning about safety.

On March 10 and 11, about 3,200 Grade 4 to 7 Calgary students will be attending Safety Expo in the Municipal Atrium and other nearby venues. The event will feature more than 35 interactive booths, five workshops, “Education Corner” presentations and hands-on learning opportunities.

“A disturbing number of children suffer from injuries from misusing appliances and electrical outlets,” said Bill Bruce, Director of Animal and Bylaw Services. “This expo gives kids the tools to help them make good, safe decisions, identify saftey concerns and report them which will reduce injuries.”

Since 2003, numerous partner organizations and volunteers have delivered safety awareness to tens of thousands of Calgary school children.

The Grade 4-7 students are a perfect target audience when it comes to safety.

Led by Animal & Bylaw Services, a multi-agency committee organized the Safety Expo. Committee partners include ENMAX, the Calgary Fire Department, the Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services (EMS), the Girl Guides of Canada, Safer Calgary, Campus Calgary: City Hall School, Youthlink Calgary and St. John Ambulance.

Students from Calgary Catholic, public, private and charter schools are invited to attend the event. Attendance is free and bus fees are paid for by ENMAX.

During Safety Expo each year, the Jim Gray Safer Calgary Awards are also announced. The annual awards honour groups and individual Calgarians for their contributions to violence prevention, injury prevention and safety in the natural or built environment.

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