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September 23, 2013

Windber pupils have fun while learning to 'Be Safe, Feel Safe & Stay Safe'

WINDBER — Safety is the name of the game.

Creative Safety Product’s Officer Phil Safety Program – Be Safe, Feel Safe & Stay Safe – made a stop at Windber Area Elementary School on Monday to talk to the pupils about how to be safe and presented the information in a fun and energized way that engaged the pupils.

Paint Township police Officer Amanda Tessari, who also serves as Windber’s school resource officer, was on hand to assist with the program. She spoke to the children about how police officers are their friend and there to help when a problem arises.

“The goal is to remind kids about safety and do it in a memorable way that will keep and hold their attention,” said Marjie McKee, the program presenter.

McKee opened the show using magic tricks that reinforced some safety tips, such as who to tell when you see bullying, not talking to strangers, wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle, fastening your seat belt when in a vehicle and following the rules while riding the school bus.

“Everything has a message,” she said.

The program also stressed the importance of being healthy by eating the right foods and getting daily exercise.

“You need to be safe on the inside as well as outside,” McKee said during the presentation.

The show wrapped up with an appearance from puppet Lucky Duck, who talked to children in a silly manner about what they learned.

Second-graders Logan Lamb and Lauralyn Lehman both agreed the program was fun.

“I loved it, and Lucky Duck was super funny,” Lauralyn said.

“The magic was cool,” Logan said.

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