Children's Safety Expo Encourages Hands-On Learning
Kids got up close to about 30 trucks and vehicles, while adults learned health and safety tips at the second annual expo. Check out the photos from the event, as well as a video interview with the event's sponsor, Sen. Christine Radogno.
Local professionals brought with them nearly 30 "Touch-a-Trucks," which can be viewed in the slideshow above. The professionals allowed children to sit inside several different vehicles while answering questions and giving them safety tips at the same time.
"Obviously, we value our children more than anything else," said Radogno on the importance of the event. "So, focusing on letting kids know what to do in an emergency, and giving parents tools on what they can do in an emergency are both very important things."
There was entertainment around every corner. As participants walked into the school, free popcorn and snow cones were given away. Also, children were able to get facial paintings as well as temporary tattoos on their bodies inside the gym.
Parents thought the 2012 Children's Safety Expo was more than worth the trip.
"[My children] learned that cars are bigger in person than they look on the road," said Sherri Jendersak. "They're intimidating!"
The event was helpful to more than just the children, though.
"I just think it's great to educate everybody," said participant Michelle Hiekes who brought her son. "There's lot's of different information from different services and stations."
Throughout the morning there were several presentations inside the gym. An exhibition was held by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police K-9 Unit, along with demonstrations by Tiger Kwon’s Martial Arts and Street of Dreams Dance Studio and Cheer Command.
Despite the scorching, hot weather, there was still a good turnout for the 2012 Children's Safety Expo. "Anything that you can do to bring people together is always a good idea," said Frankfort resident Bill Hardy who brought his Jeep for display.
Radogno would like for the senator of the region next year to continue the event. Because of redistricting, Radogno's district no longer includes the Lincoln-Way area.
"As people may know, I will no longer represent the New Lenox, Mokena area next year, and I hope whoever represents the area reaches out as well."
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