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Safety Saturday teaches lessons to more than 200 kids

Whether it was learning how to properly bandage another’s arm or reciting exit drills in the home in case of a fire, participants of Safety Saturday learned a day’s worth of valuable safety information.

About 200 kids, all between the ages of 7 to 12, took advantage of the free annual event and while some were familiar with the safety information, for many others it was a whole new experience.

Seven classrooms were set up at Ridgetop Junior High School and participants were divided into groups and took turns visiting each room for about 30 minutes.

Jackie Fojtik, youth services coordinator for the West Sound Chapter of the American Red Cross (which hosted the event), was excited to see those wearing the free T-shirts from last year, but was even more happy to see all of the new faces.

“The kids that are here are here because they want to be,” Fojtik said as she gazed over the rows of kids sitting in one of the classrooms. “Their attitude is great and they’re asking really good questions.”

American Red Cross volunteers provided first aid training as well as water safety in a separate classroom. Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighter Henry Henneman and his wife Judy discussed fire safety and exit drills in the home in one classroom while Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Karen Demerick and Lt. John Gese presented information on staying safe at school, home and during play.

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