It’s 9/11, and many of us have terrorism on our minds. It’s amazing how much our lives have changed since that terrible day 13 years ago. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that our families are less likely to be harmed by terrorists than by accidents that happen in our own homes and neighborhoods.
That’s why I am so thankful to the La Mesa Police Department for developing the KIDZWATCH Academy — a child safety program that helps families understand the importance of being aware of their surroundings, how to identify dangerous people and potentially hazardous situations, how to handle a fire emergency, to be safe around water and how to avoid dangers in nature.
Our whole family participated in KIDZWATCH a few months ago, and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Mal and Gage got hands-on experience placing a 911 call and explaining their mock emergency to the training operator on the other end of the line.
They crawled out of a smokey fire trailer. They learned about stranger-danger and self defense techniques for kids. They discovered how to identify a poisonous snake with help from Mission Trails rangers.
KIDZWATCH is designed for children ages 6-11 AND their parents. It’s a free 6-class program involving professional lifeguards, fire fighters, park rangers and police. Kids get a behind-the-scenes tour of the La Mesa Police Department and jail, get to climb into a La Mesa fire truck, get to swim in the community pool, hike Mission Trails Regional Park and have fun with their friends while learning some incredibly important life lessons.
KIDZWATCH is free and completely invaluable. Sadly, it is only open to residents of La Mesa or to children who attend school in La Mesa. If you know someone who meets this criteria, please forward this information to them. The next KIDZWATCH Academy begins on Thursday, September 18th at 6 p.m. For more information contact Marla Kingkade at 619-667-1441 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Download this form to participate.