Every year in June, the D.A.R.E. Officer conducts a 4-day Safety City Program. All students completing kindergarten are invited to participate in Safety City. The skills taught at Safety City will empower youngsters with the ability to avoid needless accidents and instill good safety habits at an early age. Safety City is held at Shawnee Elementary School with a morning session from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Children get to experience the Xenia Fire Division's "Smoke House," which is a child-sized house that simulates how a house quickly fills up with smoke. They are taught what steps to take in a fire emergency, proper escape procedures, where to go, and how and when to call 911. Xenia Community Schools brings a school bus to teach children how to properly wait, board, ride, and exit a school bus safely. Greene County Parks and Recreation Department talks about everyone's favorite summer activity--swimming and water safety. Another highlight of Safety City is a visit by the Greene County Sheriff's Canine Unit.
Other classes taught by Xenia Police Officers are Pedestrian Safety, Poison Prevention, Bicycle Safety, Seat Belt Safety, Gun Safety, and Stranger Danger. Kids love Safety City and have lots of fun learning these safety skills.