Grade 6 students learn about injury prevention at Safe Communities Day
October 5, 2017
GUELPH, Ontario – Grade 6 students from a number of Upper Grand District School Board schools spent Thursday learning about community safety.
For the third year, Safe Communities Wellington County held a free event to educate youth in a variety of injury prevention strategies.
Grade 6 students from UGDSB schools including Arthur PS, Maryborough PS, Alma PS, Victoria Cross PS, John Black PS, Palmerston PS, Ponsonby PS, Drayton Heights PS, Salem PS, Victoria Terrace PS attended Safe Communities Day, held at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre in Marden.
Inside and outside of the centre, community partners set up engaging, hands-on booths and exercises all with the goal of teaching youth strategies for preventing and decreasing injuries.
Community representatives included local police and fire services, Centre Wellington Hydro, the Grand River Conservation Authority, Operation Lifesaver, St. John’s Ambulance, and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Students gained knowledge in everything from wildlife hazards to river dam safety.
In June 2013, Wellington County was designated a Safe Community. The three areas identified as the areas of greatest need in the country were falls, motor vehicle accidents and intentional self-harm. Safe Communities Wellington County’s goal is “raise awareness and create strategies to prevent and decrease injuries surrounding these three priority areas.”
The group chose to hold a Safe Communities Day event targeting students in Grade 6 from the UGDSB because they “believe that youth will be the ones to bring about change surrounding these preventable accidents from happening.”
Thank you to all of the amazing community partners, staff and students who participated in Safe Communities Day.