Coalition Spotlight: Safe Kids Cherokee County
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This month, we are excited to share some of the sensational things going on at Safe Kids Cherokee County which is led by Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services. This Coalition has truly made an impact on the community and has a great team of Safe Kids Coordinators Chief Chad Arp, Kevin Bruce and Beth Elder who promote injury prevention across the county through the marvelous support of Northside Hospital Cherokee and a host of magnificent local sponsors.
Safe Kids Cherokee County focuses on many different programs to prevent injuries because they are no picnic. Some of those programs include Child Passenger Safety, Fire and Burn Safety, Home Safety, Poison Safety, Water Safety, and Bike-Pedestrian Safety. Involved in those programs are amazing volunteers in the community and trained educators from the Department of Public Health. Last year alone, they held 558 car seat check events led by 17 certified technicians.
Since 2002, Cherokee County has spearheaded an annual summer camp experience called Cherokee County Safety Town which has become a vital part of many preschool and kindergarten children’s lives. Every summer this event educates children on how to stay safe in many different situations including vehicle safety, animal safety, water safety, pedestrian safety, and much more. All of the children that attend are certain to leave with a wealth of treasured knowledge to keep them safe and prepared in any emergent situation.
As a token of appreciation for the volunteers and partnering organizations, Safe Kids Cherokee County held their 16th Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. This year’s theme was Preventable Injuries Are No Picnic. Ashley Arp, Director of Cherokee County Safety Town shared “People have started reaching out to us since January 1st. I get excited when I meet community members interested in this summer opportunity. It’s changing lives and making an impact year after year, which makes me happy!”
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