Safety fair to offer fun, learning for children

By RUTHIE ROBISON Lifestyles Editor The Greenwood Commonwealth

Children will have be able to participate in a fun-filled morning of activities while learning safety tips on Saturday at a safety fair.

The event is co-sponsored by the Greenwood Leflore Hospital and the Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood.

The fair will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. outside Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s Outpatient Rehab and Wellness Center, located on the corner of U.S. 82 and Strong Avenue.

“We talked about having clinics to teach safety to children, and we decided to turn it into a fun, interactive annual event, covering several topics,” said Christine Hemphill, Greenwood Leflore Hospital foundation director and physician liaison.

The event is open to children of all ages, and parents are encouraged to accompany them.

“We enhanced our Pediatric Connection Committee, and we wanted to work with the hospital to provide different forms of education for children in our community,” said Aimee Dunn, Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood co-chair of the Pediatric Connection Committee.

To promote bike safety, Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood raised money to purchase bike helmets for children. The helmets will be given at the fair while supplies last. Representatives from the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi will fit the helmets on the children to ensure a safe ride.

“This event will provide an opportunity for children to learn about safety, like what the helmet is going to protect,” said Dunn.

Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood is also donating children’s bikes to be given away at the end of the safety fair.

The Mississippi Department of Health will provide a bike rodeo and teach safety techniques. Eyvette Hudson will present the program “Safe Routes to School” for children who ride their bikes to school.

“We’re trying to get kids and their parents together and participating in safe activities during the summer and on the weekends,” said Hemphill. “Our goal for this event is to keep kids in Greenwood and Leflore County safe.”

The Greenwood Police Department, Greenwood Fire Department and MedStat will be at the fair. Children will be able to touch and hear sirens and see the lights on the emergency response vehicles.

The Batesville Fire Department will bring its smokehouse, and Payne’s Volunteer Fire Department will bring Sparky the Fire Dog to teach children about fire safety.

Parents with car seats in their vehicles will be able to drive through a checkpoint, and representatives from Safe Kids of Mississippi will ensure the car seats are safely in place and in good working order.

Operation Life Saver will teach railroad safety, and the Corps of Engineers of Grenada will promote water safety.

The Greenwood Children’s Clinic will discuss sports safety, including topics such as concussions and dehydration.

Reject All Tobacco will promote its anti-tobacco campaign. Dr. Joe Assini, a podiatrist with the Greenwood Leflore Foot Center, will be on hand to answer questions regarding feet and diabetes.   Anybody interested in CPR, first aid or babysitting classes will be able to sign up for courses to be conducted at the hospital.

Derrick L. Price, a MDSC/AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America member, will talk about a school-based asthma management program.

Allison Harris, a registered nurse of Greenwood Leflore Hospital, will promote healthy eating, and the Mississippi Extension Service will offer an activity on bone health.

ArtPlace Mississippi will have a tent set up, which will feature a gardening activity for children.

The Museum of the Mississippi Delta will also have a tent and a list of vacancies for its Summer Discovery classes.

The Salvation Army will talk about safe activities and its character-building program.

Volunteers will be on hand to give directions.

In addition to learning activities, the fair will include inflatables for children to play on, provided by Dixieland Inflatables.

“We want children and parents to come out and have fun but also learn something at the same time,” said Dunn.

• Contact Ruthie Robison at   581-7233 or rrobison@gwcommonwealth.com.