The 2017 Walk-A-Thon was a super success at Protsman. All grades K-4 got to participate in the event and with the help of the Dyer Police providing safety on the street. The kids started at Protsman and walked about half a mile down the road with police officers at every block. At the halfway point there was a water station for the kids who got a cup of water. Once they had refreshed they continued walking until they returned to Protsman. The grades where divided up and each grade got their colored t-shirt. The morning group that walked was the kindergarten through first grade grade. In the afternoon second through fourth grade walked a full mile. Once back all graded got to have fun by dancing and getting small treats from HSA parents. Students danced and laughed for an hour while the teachers got to take a break from the classroom and dance with them. Once the dance party’s had ended the groups went back inside where they finished the remainder of their school day in the classroom, all the kids walking in with smiles eager to get back to learning.
The fourth grade class of Mrs. Bendis earned themselves a slime day where they got to make and stretch slime.
The second grade classes of Mr. Montez and Ms.Cornwell took a trip to the tri-town safety village. The kids who were super excited for the trip were split up by class and were taught how to be safe in the tri-town area.
The day started off with a lecture about train safety from Ms. Jody. The class learned about how to safely cross train tracks and why to never play near them. Ms. Jody had the class watch a video on train safety then she took the class outdoors. There Ms. Jody showed the class how to safely cross a street and what to look for when crossing train tracks. Ms. Jody showed the class the warning signs of train crossing and she took them inside a train caboose that was over a 100 years old. Once Ms. Jody had finished with showing the kids how to cross train tracks safely.
After the class finished up with Ms. Jody they were delivered to officer Kissinger who took the class back indoors. Officer Brian Kissinger from the Dyer Police Department who has been teaching at the safety village almost his entire career as a police officer, was very friendly and excited to meet the kids. Kissinger taught the kids about police safety and went into more detail on how to safely cross the street. Kissinger also explained what the duty of a police officer was and why they should trust the police. Kissinger worked directly with kids and would throw a few jokes in his lecture to keep the kids laughing and the adults who were chaperoning the field trip. Once the lecture had ended they went outside and Kissinger had the kids practice how to cross the street the way he showed them in his lecture.
Once they had finished practicing Officer Kissinger took the class over to the fire department. There they met Terry Swartouth from the St. John Police Department. Swartouth has been working at the safety village for more than 10 years now. He showed the class how to safely exit a building that is on fire and after the class practiced the entire group got to simulate a exit from a house that is on fire. The house filled with smoke and the kids safely exited the building. Once the exercise had come to an end the classes went to lunch where they ended the day. While at lunch they watched a video on electric safety and what to do before they go and dig and do construction projects at home. After the video ended the classes packed up and returned to Prostman.