Ever notice how many safety mascots there are. Remember ASTAR (war amps) the robot that can put its arm back on, or McGruff the Crime Dog – he takes a bite out of crime. There are so many to recall, Smokey the Bear (fire safety), Louie the Lightning Bug (electricity safety) and there was even Vince and Larry the Crash Test Dummies (highway traffic safety).
All of these mascots are trying to do the same thing – save lives and prevent tragedy. And notice they’re all aimed at children between the ages of nine and 11. That’s because youth in this age bracket are excited about learning, eager participants and exceptional at sharing information with their families and friends.
Well, The City of Calgary and many of its partners like, The Calgary Police Service, The Calgary Fire Department and ENMAX, have known this and tried to encourage and empower these youth to take an active role in creating safety minded attitudes in their communities. These partners along with others have been endorsing safety through The City of Calgary Safety Expo, now headed into its eighth year.
“The Safety Expo is important to the City of Calgary, ENMAX and our partners because safety education is important.” Says Joanne Hahn, Manager Policy Development & Public Education with The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services, “The Expo provides opportunities for Calgary’s youth to learn about safety and injury prevention and then to play an active role in creating safe environments for themselves and others.”
Safety Expo 2011 will provide over 3,100 students in grades four to seven with innovative, interactive and meaningful safety and injury prevention education. Safety Expo plays a key role in promoting safety education and responsible citizenship for thousands of children and youth, all free of charge.
Safety Expo 2011 will be held in the Municipal Atrium and EPCOR Centre on March 9 and 10. This year’s Safety Expo features 41 interactive and educational exhibits, 5 workshops, a variety of protective services’ vehicles, “Education Corner” presentations, and hands-on learning opportunities. Preregistered students from Calgary Catholic, public, private and charter schools are attending the event that sees ENMAX sponsor the expo and pay the bussing fees for the students.
Although The City of Calgary leads the expo, a multi-agency committee organizes the event with help from these partners: Animal & Bylaw Services, ENMAX Power Corporation, Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services-EMS, Girl Guides of Canada, Scouts Canada, Safer Calgary, Youthlink Calgary, Alberta Construction Safety Association, Child Safe Canada, Red Cross - Respect Ed., and Campus Calgary: City Hall School.
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