Safety 1st: Craig kindergartners learn the basics |

Safety 1st: Craig kindergartners learn the basics

Students from Danielle Kawcak's East Elementary School kindergarten class learn about bicycling and traffic safety from Craig Police Officer Tony Gianinetti, right, on Monday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park. Multiple agencies were on hand to teach students about different types of safety.
Andy Bockelman

— Students from East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset Elementary Schools learned some important information Monday at Loudy-Simpson Park, as kindergarten classes from each of the four schools engaged in safety seminars taught by local emergency personnel.

Members of Craig Fire/Rescue, Emergency Medical Services at The Memorial Hospital and Craig Police Department explained to kids the importance of things such as fire caution, being able to contact 911 and awareness for bicycle riders and pedestrians on local streets.

Firefighters from the Bureau of Land Development were also present to show children what they do to tackle wildfires.

East Elementary kindergarten teacher Danielle Kawcak said her students loved being able to get out to the park and see some of the equipment, especially anything that made a lot of noise, such as the police sirens.

“It’s nice that they’re going into the summer with some things that they might run into,” she said.

Kellie Looper and Laurel Tegtman were also on hand to discuss safety rules while swimming. The two are lifeguards at Craig City Pool, which will open for the season May 27.

The idea was to give basic information kids their age could handle, Looper said. Tegtman added that the two enjoyed interacting with the students.

“It’s fun hearing all their little stories,” she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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