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Children's Village Kids Alive Fest

Children's Village Kids Alive Fest
By Rochelle Morrell
Executive Director at Children's Village of Washington County

If you're looking for an enjoyable way to spend quality family time next weekend, why not stop by Children's Village of Washington County on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.? The Village will be hosting its 22nd annual Kids Alive Fest, at their safety campus on 1546 Mt. Aetna Road in Hagerstown. Admission is free. The event is a community open-house, offering a variety of safety-education activities and fun for the entire family!
Scheduled programs begin at 11 a.m. with a Maryland State Police Aviation helicopter landing (weather and emergency calls permitting)
Guests can then watch officers from the Maryland Correctional Institution put their K-9 partners to work, beginning at noon. This demonstration is a family favorite, as young and young at heart share the excitement of watching these dogs take a "bite out of crime". Their exercises include detecting drugs or bombs, apprehending a fleeing criminal, and finding a lost person. You'll be amazed at their skill and intelligence. Hats off to their handlers, too!
At 1 p.m. members of the Maugansville Volunteer Fire Department will perform auto extrication, using the jaws-of-life. These first responders will show the audience what they some times must do to remove injured passengers from vehicles involved in traffic accidents. Their training, skill and speed during actual auto extrications can mean the difference between life and death for trapped victims.
At 2 p.m. enjoy the Ronald McDonald safety show. Ronald's interactive show is a family favorite. He'll share lots of safety tips designed to help everyone be more careful and alert.
Throughout the day there will be child I.D., using MdCHIP program courtesy of Grand Lodge of Maryland, as well as safety displays/activities hosted by area agencies.
You may also purchase tickets for children to ride the mini-cars or to test their skills in the fire hose spraying challenge.
With all this activity guests are sure to be hungry, so there'll be plenty of food for sale, including famous funnel cakes for dessert, being prepared by members of the Williamsport Lions Club. Hungry yet?
Children will have a chance to participate in safety station activities and visit the "Power of Fire" burned house on campus. Attendees will leave the Kids Alive Fest with a wealth of safety information and skills training from an afternoon of great family fun.
By participating in this community safety day, guests will also support the mission of Children's Village. Children's Village is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to provide elementary school children of Washington County with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to prevent injury and empower them to make informed safety decisions.
News stories often are filled with safety concerns, yet Washington County, Maryland is ahead of the curve when it comes to child-safety education. Since Children's Village opened in 1990, over 50,000 area youngsters have learned safe living skills at the safety-education campus. Every second-grade student in Washington County attends Children's Village for two-days of free life-safety education. Children's Village receives no direct funds from the Washington County Public Schools
The Children's Village program is designed to create a safer community, one child at a time. The curriculum centers on life-safety issues for elementary-age students. Yet Children's Village serves not only these students, but ultimately reaches members of the entire community, as children work with parents or other family members on interactive homework assignments designed to make their lives and homes safer. In fact, a Johns Hopkins study revealed that positive behavioral lifestyle changes occurred in over 50 percent of all households once a child attended Children's Village!
Instructors, including professional firefighters and police officers, present curriculum approved by the Washington County Board of Education. The Children's Village program provides two full days of classroom and hands-on skills training, one day dedicated to fire education and the other to personal safety. The Children's Village program is recognized as a national model for proactive child-safety education.
Yet none of this would be possible without the foresight and commitment of a community dedicated to transforming its grassroots vision for child-safety education into the current Children's Village program and campus. If you visit Children's Village for the 22nd annual Kids Alive Fest on Saturday, May 18th, you'll be sure to have a great time and leave with safety information for the entire family!
Children's Village thanks event sponsor, Volvo Group Trucks, and a host of community partners for helping to make this safety day possible.

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