After 25 years, Safety City is continuing its mission of teaching kids how to stay safe.
Safety City is a free, week-long summer program for 5-year-olds, teaching them how they can stay safe in their surroundings — wherever they might be. The kids learn from professionals in a variety of fields, and classes are held at the Kalmiopsis School in Brookings. Participating organizations include the U.S. Coast Guard, Brookings and Harbor Fire Departments, Coos Curry Electric, Town and Country Animal Clinic, Coos Forest Protective Association and Brookings-Harbor School District.
Dan Palicki is the coordinator and founder of the program in Brookings. A retired police officer from Ohio, Palicki said he started Safety City to teach kids awareness in potentially dangerous situations.
“We teach kids how to react in their space and environment,” said Palicki.
During the program, kids learn hands-on about safety issues, such as water and fire safety, how to cross the street — on-foot and in pedal cars — how to stay safe around electricity, good touch and bad touch and interacting with animals, among others.
On Saturday, the first class of this summer graduated from Safety City, 17 kids in all. Safety City runs will run for three more weeks, and there are openings for the weeks of July 12 and July 26.
Classes are two hours long, and the program is free to kids through sponsorships funded by community businesses and organizations. Last year, the program was cancelled due to COVID-19, so Palicki is glad to see it up and running again.
“If we could save one child from being injured...we’re happy,” said Palicki.
If you would like to sign up your child or become a sponsor of the program, contact Dan Palicki at: 541-469-5253, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, those interested can sign up at the Brookings Police Department.