Safe Communities Wellington hosts students at Safe Communities Day event
October 3, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – On October 3, 400 Upper Grand District School Board students learned about good safety habits at the 2019 Safe Communities event.
Safe Communities Wellington County organizes this free event yearly for students in the county to help educate them in various injury prevention strategies and help them develop safe habits at home and school.
This year UGDSB students in grades 5 and 6 had the chance to participate in the event held at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre in Marden.
During the day, students rotated between the indoor and outdoor stations in groups of 15-20. While at the event students had the opportunity to hear about safety tips from police officers, fire services, the Grand River Conservation Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources, paramedic services, the humane society and many more community partners.
This year, for the first time, student groups were lead from station to station by grade 8 peer helpers from Elora Public School. Each student group was given 9 minutes to speak to the community partners at each station and explore the props at the station.
In June 2013, Wellington County was designated a Safe Community. As part of this process, three priority areas within the county were identified as areas of greatest need through statistics pulled from the county’s hospitals, and provincial police. The three priorities are falls, motor vehicle on/off road collisions and intentional self-harm. Safe Communities Wellington County’s role is to raise awareness and create strategies to prevent and decrease injuries.
The day was a huge success and students took home many positives about how to maintain a safe lifestyle and community.
Thank you to all the community partners, students and staff who participated in the Safe Communities Day event.