Kiwanis Club to dedicate replica at Cobb Safety Village
by Nikki Wiley
September 09, 2013 12:05 AM | 2328 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kiwanis Club of Marietta President Bobby Tharpe stands near a replica of Kennesaw Mountain that the club is constructing as part of the village landscape at the Cobb Safety Village. The village is 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. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
Kiwanis Club of Marietta President Bobby Tharpe stands near a replica of Kennesaw Mountain that the club is constructing as part of the village landscape at the Cobb Safety Village. The village is 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.
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MARIETTA — Kennesaw Mountain will get a smaller twin when the Kiwanis Club of Marietta unveils a replica of the iconic feature at the Cobb County Safety Village. The 40-foot by 80-foot mountain replica will be the latest addition to the 27,000-square foot Cobb Safety Village at 1220 Al Bishop Drive near Windy Hill Road. The mountain, its cannon, split rail fence and historic sign will all be represented in the replica.

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.

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September 09, 2013
Kudos for the effort, but if Richard Dreyfuss here really wants kids to learn about bike ped safety, they'll need a trip to the Pacific Northwest rather than circling his mashed potato mountain.

Speaking of circles, however, how about making a traffic circle of the safety village Square and giving the elderly Square committee members a tour?
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