Parkersburg YMCA makes learning fun with Kids Safety Day

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Emmet Epkey, 2, and his mother Kathryn Epkey sit in the St. Joseph Ambulance vehicle with EMT Kim Starcher, who was teaching kids about how ambulances work, showing supplies and the bed.

PARKERSBURG — With summer just around the corner, children are looking forward to no school, family vacations and more outside play.

During these times it is great to teach children how to remain safe while still enjoying normal activities.

On Saturday, the annual Kids Safety Day at the Parkersburg YMCA focused on promoting the everyday safety of kids. There were representatives from many local organizations speaking about their programs and how they interact with the community to keep everyone healthy and safe throughout the year.

Among the booths at Safety Day was one with pamphlets on seat belts and child restraints. The pamphlets reminded parents that all children under 8 or less than 4 feet 9 inches should still be in a booster seat.

Robin Hutchinson, a mother to a Boy Scout member, was at the event with Cub Pack 16, talking about camp and the pack.

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Anna Hoyt, 2, of Parkersburg, getting her face painted by YMCA employee Hope Inman at Saturday’s kids safety day.

“It is a great thing for kids,” she said.

“It gets them away from TV, computers and tablets and instead gets them outdoors learning skills and hanging out with other kids their age,” Hutchinson said.

Cub Scouts now accept members in kindergarten through fifth grades. Other booths included Easter Seals, who were letting people know about the physical, occupational, speech and child development therapies offered locally by their organization; some dentist and endodontics offices teaching kids about how to prevent cavities and root canals; the Vienna Eye Clinic, which provided free screenings to see if children have warning signs for needing glasses and many more.

“It is important to show the community what our local organizations have to offer,” said YMCA employee Susan Paul, who was passing out snacks and refreshments for the kids.

Paul said she thinks promoting healthy lifestyles is especially important.