Hundreds of West Side kindergarten students from West Baton Rouge Parish Schools have learned about safety through Safety Town. Safety Town is an annual event designed to teach students about emergency preparedness held inside the Addis VFW Hall. The event dates back more than 20 years and has a variety of sponsors from the West Side.
Students drive their “big wheels” around the streets of the miniature Safety Town, which is complete with city buildings, railroad crossings, stop signs, and traffic lights. They are issued traffic tickets for any violations and awarded rewards for demonstrating good safety practices. Students meet and high-five Cell Phone Sally and Wally Wise Guy, two mascots who teach cell phone safety and how to respond in an emergency.
Other safety lessons are taught on how to correctly report an emergency by calling “911” on the telephone, Fire safety principles, how to crawl out of a fire and personal safety like not playing around railroad tracks, with guns and not talking to strangers. Students also enjoyed a puppet show which taught about flooding preparedness and safety.
Safety Town is sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Office of Homeland Security, West Baton Rouge Parish School Board, West Baton Rouge Parish Task Force, Placid, ExxonMobil Pipeline, Criterion, Town of Brusly, WBR Sheriff Office, WBR Fire Department, Town of Addis. City of Port Allen, Exxon Tankage Farm, Louis Dreyfus, McDonald’s of Brusly, Port Allen High, Brusly High and Benoit Meat Market.