The Woodward News

November 7, 2012

Moose Lodge holding safety day

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — A fun-filled day of safety awareness for children will be taking place at the Woodward Moose Lodge this Saturday.

The safety event, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will help teach children of all ages how to address a variety of safety issues, according to Teresa Thomas, junior regent for the Women of the Moose.

"We're going to have officers there to talk with the kids about the DARE program and to do fingerprinting with them," Thomas said. "We'll also have mini classes on bus safety to teach kids how they should behave on the bus, as well as Internet safety classes to teach kids how to keep away from people you shouldn't get in contact with online. The fire department will be there as well and we'll have fire trucks for the kids to ride and play on and learn about fire safety"

In addition to teaching children safety, the event will also introduce kids to youth organizations that they can become involved in.

"The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be there talking about their organizations," Thomas said. "And we'll also have people from our youth awareness group there."

She went on to explain, "Youth awareness is a program for 9th through 12th grade students where kids can earn scholarships through the Moose Lodge by giving speeches on safety or anything they feel strongly about or confident in speaking on. Those who do well can even go to international competitions."

And to cap all the festivities off the Moose Lodge will be handing out coloring books and cookies.

Thomas said the Moose are hosting the safety day because it is all part of the community service that the fraternal organization seeks to provide.

"Part of our job at the Moose Lodge is to take care of our community, anything we might think that we could do to benefit the families or children of the community we do," she said.

In addition, she said the group is able to take advantage of the skills its various members.

"This was something we could all coordinate since we have members who are involved with various organizations such as the fire department, the police department, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and so on, so we decided to organize them all together into a fun-filled, informative day," Thomas said.