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Successful Safe and Sane Looking for More Help in 2012

Despite getting off to a rocky start — a lack of funds and assistance and ridicule from students — this year’s Safe and Sane after graduation party was deemed a huge success.

“Thanks to [the] help of a great committee and the support of the community, we were able to give the kids a great send-off,” said 2011 Safe and Sane Co-Chair Lisa Sorna. “We would like to thank all of the businesses that so generously donated to this very special evening.”

Hundreds of area businesses pitched in to see that the event, held with the aim of keeping students safe after graduation celebrations, went undeterred.

Letters pouring in after this year’s event suggested that next year’s committee members find a better way to get more underclassmen parents involved in Safe and Sane 2012.

“Senior parents have so much going on that they are exhausted, but it’s really hard to get the underclass parents to understand that they will be the senior parents some day,” added Sorna.

The committee’s goal is to have underclassmen parents running the Safe and Sane event with senior parents used only as helpers, and the committee will spend the better part of the next school year getting the word out to underclass parents to get more involved.

“This has been our toughest obstacle to overcome,” said 2011 Safe and Sane Co-Chair Kim Wolf.

Committee leaders attribute this year’s success to the many fundraisers held throughout the year.

The event got big financial boosts from Casino Night and its 5K race, bringing in a combined total of $4,100.

“We will be having these events next year, and we are looking into the possibility of holding a car show,” said Wolf, who will once again chair the event next year.

Safety Workshop for Middle and Elementary School Children Held at Urbana Library

A topic that can never be discussed enough — the safety of our children — will be presented at Urbana Library on Aug. 6 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In an attempt to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Hope Kretz is hosting the Safety Workshop designed to make children aware of the importance of public and personal safety.

“It is meant to be a fun and rewarding experience for those who attend,” said Kretz.

The workshop is being geared for children between the ages of 5 and 13 and will include activities, lessons and demonstrations on public and personal safety.

A karate and self protection instructor will join members from other safety organizations such as a fire and rescue squad and The American Red Cross in manning safety stations.

“The workshop will be organized in about six stations, and the children will rotate between the different stations,” said Kretz. “Every half hour the station will end, and the attendants will be free to move to a new station.”

Craft tables will also be set up, and a fire truck will be on hand.

There is no cost to attend.

For more information, call: 301.865.3324 or e-mail Kretz at:


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