GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Graduation day is right around the corner for NWTC Prototype and Design students and their final projects will soon help teach safety skills to young kids across the Green Bay area.
Inside NWTC, small scale replicas of well-known area businesses are coming to life. Tiny structures helping make up a model community – a place just for kids known as Safety Town.
“It’s a summer safety camp that kids can learn different safety items. From pet safety, pedestrian safety and bike safety,” said Kim Hess, executive director of the Center for Childhood Safety.
Safety Town is run during summer for kids 4 to 9 years old. But Hess says it has lacked its own home. But soon the center will move into a new facility and in it will be space for a new permanent child-sized community.
“These will be so much fun. In the little city the kids can ride their carts around. It really makes it feel true and like a little city,” Hess said.
“We’re going to have a school, a police station, a fire station,” said Andy Nooyen, the NWTC instructor supervising the project.
Through a partnership with NWTC, students in the Prototype and Design program are enhancing Safety Town, building a McDonald’s, a Shopko and WPS building – with 10 more to come over the next five years.
“A lot of adjusting it on the computer, saying does that look right?” said Salone Siolka, a student working on the build.
“Teaching children safety without any harm being in the way is definitely important,” added student Nicole Biddinger.
“The amount of talent and detail they are able to put into these, and that they are volunteering and putting them together as part of their class project, blows me away,” said Hess.
New buildings to keep kids engaged as they learn safety in Safety Town.
The new Center for Childhood Safety is expected to open later this summer on Ramada Way in Ashwaubenon.