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Officer Phil Program Arrives At Pleasantville's Bedford Road Elementary

Child safety will be the focus of the Officer Phil Program.
Child safety will be the focus of the Officer Phil Program. Photo Credit: safekidsupstate.org

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The Officer Phil Program, which focuses on child safety, has announced it will bring its 2014-2015 programs to Bedford Road Elementary School.

With the Pleasantville Police Department’s participation, the Officer Phil Program will emphasize some important topics. Since the program is adapted for elementary grade students, the lessons will be taught in a fun, entertaining way. One of Officer Phil’s Pals, Turbo the Turtle, will be there to help teach the lessons. The program begins with an introduction of the Pleasantville Police Officers in attendance. The children’s attention will be attained starting with the first magic trick. This trick gets the children focused and reinforces some important program “rules”: no talking, paying attention, laughing, learning and having fun.  Once the Edu-tainer has their attention, the children are asked to recall some safety rules they use at home, at school, or out and about. The Edu-tainer shares his ideas regarding bus safety, car safety and Internet safety. Each idea is represented by a light that is tossed into a magic bag.

Stranger Awareness is covered each year and this year’s lesson is illustrated by “blending” four different colored scarves together. For this illustration, each scarf represents a safety rule to remember when dealing with strangers.  Blue=Don't go, Red=Run, Yellow=Yell, Green=Tell.

The Officer Phil Program also will talk about the value of respect. The Edu-tainer will emphasize they should treat others the way they want to be treated and show respect for their peers, families, teachers, the police, and most importantly, show respect for themselves.  Turbo the Turtle will be welcomed with great enthusiasm. He will talk to the children about making healthy choices such as eating right, drinking plenty of water, exercising and getting enough rest. Turbo the Turtle also will cover bullying.  The final review of all the safety lessons learned will happen at the end of the program when the children participate in a trivia game.

For more information about having the Officer Phil Program, email at customerservice@officerphil.com or by phone at 1-888-825-7445.

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