For Immediate Release: October 20, 2009
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Safety Education Classes Empower Kids to Recognize, Escape Danger
HENDERSON, Nev.— Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Pkwy., is hosting “radKIDS” personal safety education classes for children ages 4 and up designed to teach them how to recognize, avoid and escape dangerous situations. The program is sponsored by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. Registration is open for the fall session and may be made online at cityofhenderson.com or at any City of Henderson recreation center.
Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Dec. 15 (meets for eight weeks)
3:15-4:30 p.m., (activity 274015-19), $53, for homeschoolers
4:45-6:00 p.m., (activity 274015-17), $53, for ages 9-13
Thursdays, Oct. 29-Dec. 17 (meets for seven weeks)
2:30-3:45 p.m. (activity 274015-13), $47, for children age
4 4:00-5:15 p.m. (activity 274015-15), $47, for ages 5-8
The program features a combination of engaging activities, safety drills, simulations, and lectures. Children will be taught about good, bad and uncomfortable touch; predators; abduction; bullying; fire safety; and Internet safety. The goal is for participants to become empowered by knowing how to replace fear and confusion with confidence and self-esteem.
“At some point, most children will face a scenario that could be dangerous, whether it be from a school bully or a stranger on the Internet. We would all like to think our children would know how to handle such a situation, but the reality is that most kids haven’t been taught how to recognize, avoid and escape from a potentially dangerous situation,” said Vanessa Caster, Recreation Services supervisor, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “That’s why this program is so important. It isn’t a typical self-defense class, but rather a personal empowerment program that focuses on safety education that will benefit children now and as they grow into teens.”
For additional information, call 267-5720.