2017 Safety City
–by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough
PUBLICATION DATE: 06.06.17
The 2017 Sylvania Safety City will take place the week of June 5 at Maplewood Elementary School. This will be Sylvania Safety City’s 32nd year, and more than 5,577 students have attended. This year, 177 Sylvania five-year-old children registered and will graduate Friday, June 9. I will be attending the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. graduation ceremonies and offering the following information about Sylvania Safety City.
Sylvania children are our most important asset, and Sylvania’s version of Safety City helps to get them off to a safe start before they enter school. The children attend either a morning or an afternoon class for five days at Maplewood. Important topics covered include:
Memorization of Name, Address and
Safely Crossing the Street
Traffic Signs and Signals
Seat Belt Safety
Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll
School Bus Safety and going for a short school bus ride
Bicycle Safety including always wearing a helmet
Railroad Crossings Safety
Safety around animals
Medical Emergencies and Ambulances
A neighborhood of streets, sidewalks, signs, crosswalks, lights, etc. is set up to help practice safety. The children get to meet police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel and learn that those people are their friends and want to help them.
Safety City is a memorable experience for the children who attend. When I ask groups of students years later if they remember attending and what they remember, the reactions are likely prompt and positive.
Thank you to all who help make Safety City a great experience for our children, including the teachers, police officers, firefighters and other personnel and volunteers who help out. Also, our thanks to: the Sylvania Township Fire Department, the Sylvania Schools Transportation Division, the Lucas County Canine Care & Control, Republic Services and Garbage Gus, the JCC/YMCA, and the Sylvania Schools for their assistance. Sylvania Safety City 2017 will be a great success because of all of you. And thank you to all the parents for entrusting your children to us and for supporting the program and attending the graduation ceremony.