Owen Siebeneck rides as a passenger while Kendall Krouse drives the vehicle during Safety City on Wednesday. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Owen Siebeneck rides as a passenger while Kendall Krouse drives the vehicle during Safety City on Wednesday. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

OTTAWA — On May 6, 7, and 8 kindergarten students were invited to attend Putnam County Safety City. The event was held at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.

Mike Klear, with the Putnam County Educational Service Center, said all nine public schools and the three Catholic Schools took part in this year’s event. He said 553 children traveled through the “city” and learned about important safety issues.

Children learned about railroad, pedestrian, water, seatbelt and bike safety.

Wearing helmets the children rode bicycles around a road, learning how to use their arm to signal turns, stop at stop signs and look for traffic.

They also were pedestrians and drivers at another stop in Safety City. Driving miniature cars they learned the importance of always looking both ways at stop signs. As pedestrians they were taught the same lessons.

Another visit in Safety CIty was at a “swimming pool” of blue tarp on the floor. Safety measures such as not running on the concrete around a pool, not diving into shallow water and being careful when you jump into water were taught to the students.

Safety City is a miniature city set up for youth children to learn the importance of safety. The Putnam County Educational Service Center sponsors this program. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Extension, Pathways, Ottawa, Pandora, Columbus Grove and Leipsic Police Departments, Operation Lifesaver , assists to make this a reality for the children of Putnam County.