The village offers a series of interactive educational lessons that gives students an opportunity to learn hands-on from a variety of programs modeled after Cobb County namesakes, like WellStar Health System and Cobb EMC.
“We just have a myriad of courses that we can teach (students) in second and fourth grade,” said Allison Carter, coordinator of the safety village operated by the county.
Kennesaw Mountain’s presence will add to the atmosphere of the village that hopes to replicate Cobb.
“We want it to replicate Marietta and Cobb as much as it can because this truly is a community facility,” Carter said. “It’s obviously a big piece of Marietta and our history.”
Flags will dot the mountain paying homage to a Kiwanis Club memorial constructed every five years honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Bobby Tharpe, president of the club, says the village is more than training children on safety. It lets kids learn about their hometown.
“You could have a safety village anywhere but it probably wouldn’t have a Kennesaw Mountain,” Tharpe said.
The club will dedicate the structure at 5:30 p.m. on Sept 18 at the village.
Kiwanis members were approached with the idea to erect the mini-mountain.
“We were just ecstatic that they would want to do that,” said Pat Huey, executive director of the club.
Since the village opened its doors in 2009, it has entertained an average of 20,000 visitors each year.
Students learn how to safely evacuate a home if it catches fire in a building called “Spark’s House.”
They can also ride bikes around a replica of the Marietta Square to learn about bike, pedestrian and rail road safety. Other programs teach gun safety and kitchen safety.
That’s a message that hits home for the Kiwanis Club.
“Our main emphasis is children so anything new that comes about in Cobb County that has to do with children, the Kiwanis Club of Marietta supports it,” Huey said. “We are certainly behind them 100 percent.”
The center is one of just 14 safety villages in the nation, and Carter says the Cobb County Safety Village isn’t done yet. She wants to see a police station and a fire station add to the programming.
“We’re just a quarter of the way through of what we’re going to do,” Carter said.