Safety Town is a fun summer program specifically designed to teach basic safety skills to children entering kindergarten in the fall, or those just completing kindergarten. This unique program has been sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Santa Barbara organization for over 40 years.
About Safety Town
Through movies, songs, and guest visits, the Safety Town program trains children to evaluate “safe” from “unsafe.” Under the guidance of volunteer youth instructors and credentialed teachers, children practice and experience their lessons in Safety Town, a miniature city layout built to the scale of a small child. Safety Town is a 17.5 hour course (3.5 hours per day, M-F, for 1 week). Topics discussed during the week include pedestrian, earthquake, fire, 9-1-1, bicycle, beach and pool, drugs, strangers, general play, along with personal and home safety. Children are visited by community safety professionals such as police, firefighters, forest rangers, paramedics, water safety professionals, and more. Program includes one off-site field trip, (ride on city bus reserved for Safety Towners only.)
United Way Summer Institute
UWSBC offers KSI classes at local south Santa Barbara County Title 1 schools every summer. The program operates 3-4 weeks before the start of kindergarten. Students learn school-related behaviors that are essential to their success in kindergarten and beyond.
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