I think it is important to let your readers know that Cobb County’s Safety Education Center and Village is an important part of our community and deserves continued support from Cobb’s Board of Commissioners and the community at large.
Over the last several months I have seen reports that questioned the value of safety education and the need to provide top notch hands-on education to our children. Others have complained that the county board of commissioners and the county’s public safety agencies should not be involved in safety education, suggesting that we simply stop providing the service and push the burden onto our two local school systems.
I believe we are most effective when we work together, so as a county commissioner I actively supported the creation and operation of the county’s safety education center and village. Where else can our children and grandchildren learn first hand how to escape a burning house or avoid the treacherous advances of a stranger with evil intent?
Recently members of the Cobb County Grand Jury visited the education center and safety village and interviewed our staff. It comes as no surprise that this group of citizens came away impressed and convinced that Cobb County is doing the right thing for our community. The report points out that “all the positive aspects of the safety village are too numerous to name,” and that staff at the village demonstrates an impressive “passion to protect and educate Cobb county’s most vulnerable citizens — the youth and elderly.”
Every second and fourth grade student in Cobb, Marietta, home school and private school has access to the village as part of his or her regular curriculum. State law sets the education standard for children and since 1978, Cobb County has been leading the way. The Safety Village has enabled instructors to expand this education and teach even more impactful life lessons. During the last school year we interacted directly with 19,610 children.
Cobb’s business community, civic groups and other governments have all participated in making the Safety Village the best place to learn how to save lives and avoid the many dangers that people of all ages are faced with.
Members of the grand jury that visited the village concluded their report with the following statement: “The Safety Village has so much to offer our community and is money well spent.”
A simple, yet powerful statement. I encourage your readers to learn more about the village by visiting www. cobbcounty.org/safetyvillage
District 1 Commissioner