UDOT’s SNAP campaign representatives talked with children and parents at the Safe Kids Fair in Sandy.
The Safe Kids Fair is designed to be an entertaining event with activities that teach kids to stay safe, says Stacy Sappenfield, who works for event sponsor Clear Channel. “Every booth has an interactive component so it’s fun for the kids.” UDOT wants to spread the word about the importance of safety when driving, walking and riding. The Student Neighborhood Access Program booth involves kids in fun activities that teach kids safe habits.
The fun, colorful booth draws kids in and invites them to color a picture, pick up a workbook and make a commitment to safety. Paper footprint cut-outs have a place for children and parents to write names – posting the footprints on a pledge board gives participants a chance to publicly show their promise to observe safety rules. “The idea is that they pledge and then get their picture taken,” says Cherissa Wood, coordinator of the SNAP program.
SNAP provides free resources to encourage safe walking and biking, including mapping software, a 35-minute musical assembly and DVD, student activity booklets and teacher lesson plans, to assist in getting more students walking and biking safely to school. SNAP also sponsors the Walk More in Four Challenge during September. The four-week event encourages students to practice safe walking and biking for a chance to earn prizes and money for their school.