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  New Initiative at the Kids'Safety Village

Jul 03, 2015 11:03 ET

DRP members, students and volunteers are continuing work on a new School House at the Kids' Safety Village in Whitby. The mini School House will now be the full size of the building and no longer just a building facade, as it was in the past.

The goal is to have the School House ready for students to actually come in, sit down and do activities on the repurposed classroom tables and chairs.

Cst. Astrid Morse came up with the idea and introduced it to co-op students who immediately began making plans. Following approvals they eagerly began construction on the new project.

In the spirit of recycling, everything in the School House will be reused and re-purposed and supplies were utilized from DRPS Storage, Habitat for Humanity and the Transfer Station Paint supply.

The Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region is a kid-sized version of a real town located on the grounds of the Sir William Stephenson Public School in Whitby. Set on 1.2 acres, the village features small buildings, detailed roadways, traffic lights and road signs, an operational railway crossing, battery cars, bicycles and a classroom.

Children learn about road safety as a pedestrian and a cyclist in a controlled, supervised environment. Since 1995, the realistic setting has allowed thousands of children in Durham test their safety skills in a fun, learning environment.

The Kids' Safety Village is truly a community project dedicated to building a safer future for children. The village was constructed with donations of cash, services and materials from local businesses, citizens and service clubs

Thanks to everyone who made the School House project possible!

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Kids' Safety Village Update (JPG file, 2,239.5K bytes)