Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy enjoys the Kinder Safety Town Graduation Ceremony with Instructional Assistants Susie Bustos, Sara Cooper, and Alyssa Van Anne. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Sgt. Jordan Redmond worked in conjunction with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) to organize the first Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town program.
Police Chief Dino Sgambellone initiated the program based upon his attendance at a similar program when he was a five-year old student. Courtesy/LAPS
Students in the two-week program at Mountain Elementary School learned a new safety topic each day with the help of Mountain Elementary School kindergarten staff and LAPS resource officers. The Los Alamos High School building trades classes helped build the town.
“This was an excellent example of our community resources coming together to create a valuable, developmentally appropriate experience for our students,” Mountain Principal Jennifer Guy said. “The children had a fantastic time! I was impressed with how well the police officers and classroom teachers worked together to create a program that the children loved.”
Program participant Jordan Herrera practicing as a crossing guard.
Parent Ali Semanision had positive things to say about Safety Town, “It was a great introduction to school, but even better for the kids to learn who to go to in an emergency and how to speak with them. My daughter came home singing songs, practicing how to cross the street, telling us about gun safety, and even about why to bring a whistle when we go hiking!”
Parent Ian Vance said, “My daughter came home every day and instructed me on the safest way to cross the street, prevent fires in the house, manage a stove properly, act appropriately on a bus and prepare for an outdoor excursion. She really seemed to enjoy the instructors and activities.”
Los Alamos Firefighters teach Kindergarten students about fire trucks on Fire Safety Day. Courtesy/LAPS