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     Safety Village is registering for it’s 37 th year of providing an exciting program teaching good safety practices to children.  All children living in Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills and/or in School District 181, and entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall are eligible for the program.  Registration forms will become available at 7:00 in the morning on Wednesday, April 25th at the Hinsdale Police Department and online at www.villageofhinsdale.org under the Police Department.  Applicants must mail the form with a long self addressed stamped business envelope and a check made out to Safety Village with the signature of the child’s own parent or the form will not be accepted.  Please have only 1 family per envelope. It is recommended that a 2nd choice for times be made as registration is limited and spaces fill immediately.  If you do not hear from us, your child is enrolled in the session you requested.  You will only hear from us if there is a problem with your registration. We are a non-profit organization and are sorry there are no refunds once enrolled.

     Safety Village is a miniature town with 16 small buildings including a police and fire station, Memorial Building, school, church, burger stand, ice cream parlor, library, hospital and others.  There is a real working railroad crossing, lots of familiar signs and four working traffic lights all built to the scale of a small child.  The children delight in driving toy cars throughout the village as they practice the safety rules for motorists, bicycles and pedestrians. Lessons in fire, strangers, railroad, toy, playground and water (64 facets in all) are taught with the aid of songs, stories, robots, puppets, movies, crafts, live play characters as well as teachers, police and fire personnel.  Our goal is to help each child prepare for real life situations by allowing them to experience a simulated experience in Safety Village first.  We hope this will help them remember what to do if they are faced with the real emergency in the future.

     Donated by the Katie Satkamp Memorial Foundation to the children of Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills following a fatal school bus accident of the little 7 year old girl, Katie, the program runs each summer for two weeks, Tuesday, June 12th to Friday, June 22nd, everyday rain or shine, except the week-end from either 8:30-10:00 am or 10:15-11:45 am.  The fee for the two week program is $108.00 including a t-shirt.  The registration form must be accompanied by a long self addressed stamped envelope and a check for registration. (The T-shirt will be handed out the first day of Safety Village). The check should be made out to Safety Village for $108.00.  Please do not request that your child be placed with another child.  We try to place the children with others from their home neighborhood and school taking care to balance for age and gender in each small group.  A letter will be sent in your envelope to your home about June 1st to let you know your child’s “building” home station and more information about the drop off procedure.  He or she will have the same teachers for the entire 2 weeks of the program who will take them to different learning experiences every 5-15 minutes throughout each day. We will also have a snack and a special character visitor each day.  We are very excited to have your child in Safety Village this summer!  We hope to see you soon!