GREENSBURG – The local chapter of the American Legion celebrated April’s designation as Children and Youth Month with a special awareness day Saturday.
The event, held at the Welsh-Crawley-Kramer Legion post at 326 East Main Street, gave children an opportunity to interact with local police, firefighters and healthcare professionals in a setting that married important safety tips with fun activities.
Greensburg Fire Chief Scott Chasteen brought along a fire engine which children could see firsthand.
Stacey Chasteen, Greensburg Chief of Police, set up a booth and gave out materials aimed at helping kids learn about the importance of dialing 911, Internet safety and how to avoid dangerous situations. The police chief also distributed suckers, anti-bullying bracelets and activity sheets to children who attended.
Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen demonstrated gun safety locks, which he said will be available to the public through a partnership with Decatur County 4 Kids at various upcoming programs throughout the year. Allen also handed out key rings bearing the emblem of his department. He said these are designed to serve as a reminder of the dangers of texting while driving.
The importance of being physically fit and maintaining one’s health were displayed by Decatur County Memorial Hospital dietician Holly Pray and Registered Nurse Annie Burns at their booth Saturday. Healthy snacks were made available to visitors, and Burns and Pray handed out food pledges and other materials that offered healthy snack alternatives for children.
Pray emphasized the need for children (and adults) to eat the appropriate number of servings from each food group on a daily basis.
Members of Decatur County EMS were on hand throughout the day, while also responding to emergency calls when the need arose.
Centerstone representatives distributed materials that discouraged bullying and promoted the importance of mental health no matter one’s age.