Safety Day Brings 4,000 Children to Smokies Park
East Tennessee Children's Hospital teamed up with Kohl's Cares this past week to promote safe and healthy habits at Smokies Injury Prevention and Health Awareness Day. More than 4,000 fourth-grade students from Anderson, Sevier and Cocke county schools gathered at Smokies baseball stadium to hear about the importance of helmet and fire safety, the dangers of drug use and ways to extend lifespan and improve quality of life. Last month, students from Blount, Greene, Jefferson and Morgan counties participated in a similar safety event.
Events like a stadium-wide wave and demonstrations from police dogs led up to the Safety Relay, in which teams from each school competed to complete safety tasks quickly and effectively. Each student had to put on a bike helmet and lifejacket properly, test a fire alarm and demonstrate stop, drop and roll.
"It's important for our children to see other kids dealing with the same issues and going through the same things," Mark Whaley, Anderson County deputy and D.A.R.E. instructor, said. "Where else would you have this experience with these kids? It's such a good thing for them."
The Smokies Safety Day is in its 22nd year. It was supported by volunteers from:
- Anderson County Sheriff's Office
- Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee
- City of Knoxville Fire Department
- Knoxville TVA Credit Union
- Karns Fire Department
- Rural Metro Fire Department
- University of Tennessee Medical Center