Orillia, Ontario – A new portable children’s safety village is being unveiled in Ontario, a unique way for police officers and other community safety officers to teach children about safety. The village will first be used at Regent Park School in Orillia, Ontario.

The village, which can be set up in school gyms, consists of a 12- by 15-metre mat with depictions of streets, sidewalks and park areas. Child-sized signs, buildings, cars and trains are set up in the village to create an interactive learning environment. Students travel through the village while learning safety lessons from specially-trained safety officers.

“The Safety Village is the first of its kind in Canada, and the Regent Park school community is very excited to be a part of this historic launch,” said Eileen Leishman, principal of the school. “The students will be able to learn about safety in a very interactive, hands-on setting. The village is an incredible learning tool.”

Community partners in the project include the Ontario Provincial Police (Orillia Detachment), Rama Police Service, Kiwanis Club of Orillia, CN Police, the fire departments of Orillia, Ramara, Rama and Severn, First Student Bus Line, Orillia Power, Hydro One, EMS, and Lafarge of Canada.

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