CHILDREN LEARN TRAFFIC RULES ON 3 WHEELS

July 02, 2001 11:00 pm
Doris Westoby watches as Brandon Chandler drives past Safety City Pilot building. ().
Doris Westoby watches as Brandon Chandler drives past Safety City Pilot building. ().

A group of 5-year-olds put some extra miles on tricycles during last weeks Safety City program.

The week-long course utilizes a child-size city set up on the Kalmiopsis Elementary School playground to teach traffic rules.

Plywood buildings, representing sponsors of the program, line the streets that include intersections, a working traffic light, stop signs, a railroad crossing and other signs.

Fifteen students participated in the program, which also incorporates other safety tips like how to use 911, good touch bad touch, fire, electric, water, gun and school bus safety.

Dan Palicki organized the program, which is modeled after one in Toledo, Ohio.

After four years, the course is still offered free to children entering kindergarten.

Without our sponsors it would cost 25 to $30, Palicki said.

Parents were reminded to listen to their children when they follow the rules taught during the course. If you dont, you blew the whole course, Palicki said.

For helping, Palicki thanked his wife, Brookings Detective Barbara Palicki; Officer Gerry Kesseler; Volunteers in Police Service, Al Bates, Marilyn Wood, Ruth and Larry Carter, and Doris Westoby.

He also expressed appreciation for assistance from Chetco Federal Credit Union employees Carol Ann Peck, Sheri Martin, Bobbie Jo Carter and Julie Rogde.

Bill Westbury filled in for Palicki as McGruff the Crime Dog.

Each graduate was given a T-shirt, baseball cap, American flag, a certificate and a token for a Dairy Queen sundae. Children who submitted posters received Eddie Eagle pins.

Bike helmets used during the course were also given to the students.

There are no openings in this years remaining Safety City classes. Because school begins early and work had to be done on the playground the August class was consolidated into the July classes, Palicki said. Watch for next year.

We still need a place of a permanent city, he said.

Hopefully, the school might find room for us once the school bond construction is completed, he said.

The school could use (the city) year round.

Twenty-five to 26 sponsors pay for the program. Anyone interested in being a sponsor (or renting a building), may contact Palicki through Brookings Police Department at (541) 469-3118.

The more the merrier, Palicki said.