CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the National Child Safety Council (NCSC) this spring.
They will participate in Safetypup® program where learning about safety issues can be fun, entertaining and non-threatening for students. Parole officers will go to every kindergarten through fifth grade school in the district to help teach these safety lessons. However, a magician will perform in the program and help teach the lessons.
Some of the safety lessons include topics on:
- Stanger Danger
- Police officers are your friends
- Listen to yourself, not “the gang”
NCSC provides local law enforcement departments with the most comprehensive source of security education materials in the world. Joe Carbacio, an administrator at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, mentioned that there are over 700 materials that they could use to help teach in schools.
Carbacio discussed that this is an important program to instill in schools. He said, “the world has obviously changed and, I think teaching kids police officers are your friend, bullying, that’s a big topic, I think it would definitely benefit the kids of Harrison County.”
A mailing list of Harrison County residents has been created and mailings will be sent to residents asking for donations to help fund the program. Officials want citizens to know that when they receive these letters, they know that they are not a scam. Everything will be sent directly to the sheriff’s office and they will send to the NCSC.
The donated money will be used to purchase materials, including a booklet with pictures of all the county’s parole officers, so students can get to know all the officers. It will also be used for additional materials needed for teaching.
Classes are free for schools and their students. Any money that is in Harrison County will stay there, if additional funding is needed, it will not use taxpayer dollars. Additional costs will be covered by NCSC.