BURRILLVILLE – Burrillville Kids Safety Fun Day with Buckleupallofus was held on Wednesday, June 16, but was modified this year due to concerns about COVID-19.
What would have been a bigger family event was streamlined specifically for students in Austin T. Levy Elementary School. More than 300 students were escorted in classroom-sized groups to the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library field and picnic area. Each child was greeted by the giant Buckleupallofus Child Passenger Safety Balloon Showcase as they entered onto the grounds directly across from the library. The teachers talked to the kids about their safety and then let them play and have fun outside together. They had a lot of activities, bubbles and games to enjoy before heading back into their classrooms.
One class was going back to the school while a new class was greeted by Bucky and event coordinators with Burrillville Parks and Recreation Department throughout the day. It was a great day to be outdoors and the kids had a lot of fun learning about Buckle Up Safety and playing with their classmates. Volunteers were a big help with the kids too. Every child received a Buckleupallofus Child Passenger Safety Coloring Poster courtesy of Children Across America non-profit organization, and a story book chosen from table tops full of books for summer fun reading. The community event ended with students reminded to always buckle up in the family vehicle back seats for safety.
Watch for more Buckleupallofus Balloon showcases during the year with the Burrillville Parks and Recreation Department reminding families about kids safety. Bucky and Children Across America will have plenty of child safety materials to take home for all of the kids attending these community events in Burrillville.
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.