The 2015 Bellville Safety town ended today as participants from around the area filed into the New Life Church, for a class graduation ceremony.
Students enjoyed two weeks packed full of individual and community safety lessons from police, fire, medical and education professionals.
“Most all activities were well received,” said Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey. “They got to see and look at all the equipment we use, and even got to see a helicopter land.”
In addition to lessons from Bellville Police and Jefferson-Bellville Fire officials, safety town students got to ride a bus from the Clear Fork School District, as well as meet a horse named Patch the Pony.
“(The Patch the Pony) program teaches about stranger danger and uses the horse to get the message out,” said Willey. “A lot of effort is put in to make all these things happen for them to enjoy and learn from.”
The free event is put on by director Deb Altman and a host of student volunteers, who work closely with the Bellville Police Department to arrange appearances from area public service organizations
“This is one of the best things about the job,” explained Willey. “It’s a great opportunity to show kids this side of policing and establish a relationship between the force and students.”
Following the conclusion of this year’s program, Willey urges parents to provide feedback in order to continue the program’s success.
“We are always looking for new ideas,” he said. “We want to keep updating and growing the program.”
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