THE EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK MAKE US PROUD THAT WE ARE HONORING SUCH COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN THIS YEAR AT OUR SAFETY DAY. WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE IN THE AREA WILL HELP US CELEBRATE THE GOOD THAT OUR POLICE, SHERIFF, FIREFIGHTERS, FBI AND OTHERS DO TO HELP KEEP US SAFE.
Get Ready For A Fun Filled Event This Year With More Games, Relays, Inflatables, And Lots Of Fun For Everyone.
The 6th annual SAFETY DAY for HEALTH AND SAFETY will have a lot of extra additions this year. Generally focused on healthy living and keeping the family safe, this year the non-profit group, Family and Youth Initiatives, will have a special theme also as we honor THE FACES BEHIND THE BADGES and will have special events for those special men and women who keep us safe—the police, sheriff and deputies, the firefighters, the FBI and those from the Armed Forces –all of whom put themselves in harm’s way to make sure our families are protected. Events are being planned to honor these special people.
Partnered with Tecumseh Schools this year, the event will move from the FYI facility to the spacious grounds of the middle and high school, 9830 West National Road, New Carlisle. The public is invited and encouraged to come to this very special event and help the community thank all those who protect us everyday.
The event will go from 4pm to 7pm and will feature over 30 booths promoting health for all ages. A special Children’s section, including a bouncy house, face painting, and children’s games will be there, as will special booths for senior citizens. The after school teen group, DEFY, will play a special part in the event and show the public their programs of cascading mentoring at the school. The Community Connectors Mentors, a group of businesses that do one-on-one mentoring at the high school, will also have a booth to recruit new mentors for the upcoming year and explain how we, the public, can help our teens to grow and become people of responsibility and character.
There will be a special showing of many of the videos the teens have made about various issues teens face and the help that is out there for them. This is a first for the annual event and the videos will focus on choices, challenges for kids and teens, and how to grow up, be positive and with character.
Because the opiate and heroin issues are at epidemic levels, there will be a special section that will feature the Clark County Drug Take Back Van—so everyone can bring their unused, unwanted pills and medicines for proper disposal, demonstrations from the special drug dogs from K-9 Solutions, and help for Addicts with the presence of FOA—Families of Addicts.
A motorcycle section will feature safety features of motorcycles and will be held in memory of Dominic Maiorano, who was killed on his motorcycle two months ago. All motorcyclists are welcome to participate in a tribute to Dominic and his love of his bike.
Also, a special section will be filled with classic cars which represent years of car safety and show how we have progress in both healthy living with cars and their safety features. A number of cars will be there for the public to see and the owners will be showing of their amazing vehicles and their features. The public is invited to enter their car in this group and compete for the safest car competition. To enter please call fellow car afficando Max, at 879-5332.
Also new this year will be the addition of relay races, bike races, and special Tug of Wars for everyone from the kids, to teens, adults, with a special competition between those ‘with the badges’ against each other and then against a group of specially picked Tecumseh teens.
A special ceremony for all the people who protect us will be held and they with their families will be announced and honored. As Pat Banaszak states,”In this day and age of so many tragedies and taking of human life, we want to make sure that we respect and appreciate those who take care of us so well. As our students head back for another school year, we want to have them understand that law enforcement, firefighting, and other protective jobs are to be held in respect and appreciation by the public. Our youth will be responsible for the world soon and teaching them the value of every life means to make positive choices in each of their lives and to realize how important it is to treat everyone—especially those in the fields of safety and health—with dignity and respect. For FYI the motto is ALL LIVES MATTER.
FYI invites all families, individuals and people who just want to say thank you to those who keep us safe. Please come on August 11 and help us say a big THANK YOU to all these FACES BEHIND THE BADGES. For any questions, more information, or if a booth is desired, please call Linda or Pat at 845-0403 during the hours of 9-5pm.