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Kohl’s Safety Town to be at Exploration Place Saturday
Oct. 16, 2013

For release: Immediately

Contact: Roz Hutchinson, 316-719-3341, roz.hutchinson@viachristi.org

Kohl’s Safety Town to be at Exploration Place Saturday

Kohl’s Safety Town will be at Exploration Place in Wichita from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 — offering kids an opportunity for hands-on pedestrian and bicycle safety education.

Designed for children 3 and older, Sedgwick County EMS and other volunteers staffing the interactive obstacle course will help kids learn the rules of the road for pedestrians and bicyclists.

They’ll also be using an emergency dispatch simulator to teach children when and how to call 9-1-1 and checking kids’ bicycle helmets to ensure proper fit.

Pre-registration for the Kohl’s Safety Town event isn’t necessary, but to take full advantage of the learning opportunity, children should bring their bicycles and helmets with them.

“We will have 100 helmets to provide that day to give to kids who are in need of one, provided that they complete the bicycle obstacle course,” said Ronda Lusk, community health and Safe Kids coordinator for Via Christi Health.

The event, which is free, is being held in conjunction with Smallgrass, a children’s film program being shown at Exploration Place in conjunction with the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. For Smallgrass ticket information, which will be sold exclusively at Exploration Place on the day of the show, go to exploration.org/smallgrass.

Kohl’s Safety Town is a child pedestrian and bicycle safety program offered by Via Christi Health and made possible by a grant from Kohl’s Department Stores through Kohl’s Cares.

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About Via Christi Health

Sponsored by Ascension Health, Via Christi Health is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs approximately 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2012, it provided $90.5 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit viachristi.org.