Safety Comes First at Connecticut Children's Medical Center's Annual Safe Kids Day Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 29, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:   Kelly Coffey, Media and Public Relations Manager
   (860) 837-5701; kcoffey@connecticutchildrens.org

HARTFORD, Conn. - On Thursday, May 2, Safe Kids Connecticut, a program of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, will host its 15th annual Safe Kids Day.  The event, which will be held at Mayberry Elementary School at 101 Great Hill Road in East Hartford, will provide the opportunity to participate in an interactive day of safety education and injury prevention for more than 375 children, grades kindergarten through 6. 

“Safe Kids Day is a valuable experience that teaches children the skills necessary to keep them safe and free from injury not just during the spring and summer months, but year-round,” said Karen Brock-Gallo, Director of Safe Kids Connecticut at Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center. “We are so grateful to the volunteers and staff who have donated their time in dedication of Connecticut Children’s Safe Kids Connecticut program and its mission to keep children safe.”

Topics such as sports safety, motor vehicle safety, pedestrian safety and home safety will be highlighted during the day at eight safety stations set up throughout the school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Safe Kids volunteers and school staff will escort students in small groups to each safety station, where they will participate in related activities and receive educational safety materials to bring home to their families.

“Mayberry School is very excited to have been selected by Connecticut Children’s to host this year’s Safe Kids Day event,” said Jenny Correa, Principal of Mayberry School. “Keeping children safe is a top priority for everyone; I can’t think of a better way for Mayberry students to learn about safety education and prevention. We look forward to meeting all the volunteers and staff on this very special day!”

In addition to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center, participating organizations at Safe Kids Day include Connecticut Elks Association, Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut and Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association.

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for several of its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with five specialty care centers and 10 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children’s has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties.

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