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Julia Bank
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Attendance was low at the first annual Safety for Kids event this Saturday at Elkin Municipal Parks and Recreation. With temperatures in the nineties some of the safety displays closed early.
"We'd loved to have seen a lot more people today," Cathy Loggins said, Executive Director of the Surry chapter of the Red Cross. "It was just so hot. The people who were here seemed to enjoy it though and we gave out a lot of information on things like CPR, blood and volunteering."
Dawn Collins organized the new event to help reach kids through interactive displays and games. Collins works with Safety Net for Kids helping provide kids with identification cards and medical wavers.
"All of the safety activities were designed for kids," Collins said. "We need to have more safety in the area."
Surry County 911 brought their command center disaster demo unit to the park as well as representatives from Duke Energy, NC Wildlife, Elkin Police, Novant Health, Surry County Sheriff's office and Mt Airy fire department.
Freddy a robotic fire engine along with a mobile Fire Life Safety Education Unit were set up by Mt Airy as public education tools. Children were asked to identify various dangers inside of the mobile unit which was designed to look like a home environment.
Novant also set up a familiar environment for children to identify with. Their prime care occupational mobile unit is primarily used for drug screening, hearing conservation, vision screenings and pulmonary functioning tests.
Saturday, with the help Doctors Charlotte Evans and Rosemary Koves, a teddy bear clinic was set up where children could bandage their bears.
"It helps to break the ice with the teddy bears," Dr. Koves said while handing out sunscreen and hand sanitizer to children.
Collins will continue her efforts building excitement for the safety fair next year and growing the amount of events and information for children.
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