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THE STORY...

Safety Village of Darien is a child safety educational program for children ages 5 through 10.

Our program began in August of 1988. In the summer of 1987 the Hagen family, Dave, Cindie and children Kelly and Mark took a vacation to Oregon to visit family. On the evening of July 12th, Kelly, her brother Mark and cousin, Mike was going to the arcade. As Mark was crossing the street a driver who was not paying attention to the road struck Mark and he lost his life within an hour. This accident took the life a nine-year old boy who was found to be crossing the street correctly.

After many months, the Hagen family was encouraged to start a small safety program for children in the area. As a family it was decided that with the very generous donations given in Mark’s name a safety program should be started. In the beginning it was thought that we would offer a small pedestrian program. The first class ended in 1988 with 39 students graduating and by the time registration was held for the 1989 classes Safety Village of Darien grew beyond all expectations. Our enrollment topped with 389 children enrolled in the classes. The goal then and now was to provide only the very best in safety awareness education.

Many months were spent researching safety for children and talking to fire, police and school individuals who helped guide the Hagen’s into developing a curriculum. They also had to try and find family and friends who would be willing to volunteer in the operation of the programs. Hours upon hours were spent deciding what and how to teach the many subjects we wanted to offer the students.

Students

       Our primary focus is for children ages 5 through 7. We offer classes for this age group throughout the summer months. We also have a class for students 8 through 10 years of age, usually held in the late summer. We have tried many different ways of teaching the safety subjects and have offered programs to different age groups, but the most impressionable children who are able to grasp the information fall in the 5 to 10 year old range. But we have been able to develop a program for the 8 – 10 year old students and we use a "hands on" program for these children and find it to be very successful!

       The 5 to 7 year old classes run for five days, 2 ½ hours per day. The class runs Monday through Friday. On the last day class is held as usual and on that evening we hold a big graduation ceremony for the children. Graduation is open to all family members, neighbors and friends who would like to join us. The ceremony is held at the Safety Village site. You may find 300 or 400 in the audience, each one supporting each and every student who is marching in and the parents smiling ear to ear as if their child were receiving their Ph D.


Curriculum

       Subjects offered to the younger class include: pedestrian, traffic, 9-1-1, ID. Information (knowing their name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, area code and parents first names),poison, school bus, stranger danger, bullying, weather, water, bicycle, skateboards, scooter and roller blade safety, animal, railroad, driveways, playing near a street, playground, home, gun safety, parking lots, buddy system, Teddy Bear clinic (first aid), van safety, good touch/bad touch, seat belts, parked cars and fire safety is saved for the last day! Hand out material is given out each day according to the subjects we have taught during class.

       The 8 to 10 year old class is held in the summer running for five days for 3 hours per day. The curriculum is upgraded from the younger program and geared to concerns this age group faces. We teach the Red Cross First Aid and Rescue Breathing, bike safety as well as skateboard, rollerblade and scooter safety. Also, the students go through a bike rodeo to test out their ability to ride and control a bike. A police officer comes for an entire day and talks about his/her duties, peer pressure, bullying, internet safety, home alone, stranger danger and latchkey concerns. The police also bring a canine unit and our bicycle patrol officers. We include fire day on the last day.

In Conclusion...

        Our goal remains the same......to be the best we can be and to never be thought of simply as just some summer program or a summer camp. We want to be thought of as an extension of a child’s formal education. In today’s world, life is rush, rush, rush, too quick and very busy for everyone. Children need to know what to do in an emergency and today’s emergencies are bigger then every before.

        The rewards are endless and knowing we have touched the lives of the children and provided them with the skills they need to be safe in the world around them. This is our reward!! We can’t stop all accidents but with the support of you, the family, the community and the many volunteers who give so much, we can make a difference. Safety for our children is something that cannot be ignored.

Safety Village Classes

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  • Teens


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5-7 Year Old Classes


The 5 to 7 year old classes run for 5 days, 2 1/2 hours per day. The class runs Monday through Friday. On the last day class, that Friday evening, we hold big graduation ceremony for the children. Graduation is open to all family members and friends who would like to join us. The ceremony is held at the Safety Village site.

          Subjects offered to the younger class include: pedestrian, traffic, 9-1-1, poison, school bus, stranger danger, bullying, weather, water, bicycle, skateboards, scooter and roller blade safety, animal, train, driveways, playing near a street, playground, home, gun safety, parking lots, buddy system, Teddy Bear clinic (first aid), van safety, good touch/bad touch, seat belts, parked cars and fire safety is saved for the last day! Hand out material is given out each day according to the subjects we have taught during class.


8-10 Year Old Classes


The 8 to 10 year old class is held in the summer running for five days for 3 hours per day. The comprehensive curriculum is upgraded from the younger program and geared to concerns this age group faces. We teach the Red Cross First Aid and Rescue Breathing, bike safety as well as skateboard, rollerblade and scooter safety. Also, the students go through a bike rodeo to test out their ability to ride and control a bike. A police officer comes for an entire day and talks about his/her duties, peer pressure, bullying, internet safety, home alone, stranger danger and latchkey concerns. The police also bring a canine unit and our bicycle patrol officers. We include fire day on the last day. Students for this class do not need to have attended our 5-7 year old classes.


Teen Volunteers

Teens interested in volunteering during the summer classes at Safety Village will be
able to signup at a link RIGHT HERE beginning Saturday, May 10th anytime after 1:00 p.m
For complete information, please click here!



2014 Class Schedule

Students 5 – 7 years of age

June -- Monday, June 23th through Friday, June 27th, 5 days (M-F)
A.M. Class: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
P.M. Class: 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Parent Orientation
Thursday evening, June 19th -7:00 p.m.
Class Graduation
Friday evening, June 27th -5:00 p.m.


Students 5 – 7 years of age

July -- Monday, July 7th through Friday, July 11th, 5 days (M-F)
A.M. Class: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
P.M. Class: 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Parent Orientation
Thursday evening, June 19th -7:00 p.m.
Class Graduation
Friday evening, July 11th -5:00 p.m.


Students 5 – 7 years of age

July -- Monday, July 14th through Friday, July 18th, 5 days (M-F)
A.M. Class: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Parent Orientation
Thursday evening, June 19th -7:00 p.m.
Class Graduation
Friday evening, July 18th -5:00 p.m.


Students 8 - 10 years of age

Monday, July 14th through Friday, July 18th, 5 days (M-F)
P. M. Class: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Parent Orientation
Thursday evening, June 19th -7:00 p.m.


Registration

Starting Sunday, April 20, registration for remaining class openings will be done online:
Online Registration
www.SafetyVillageOfDarien.org
1. Register your child online - Registration starts on Sunday, April 20, 2014                                               
2. Download the class application and fill out completely                                                                             
3. Send check for Safety Village $80.00 ($95 for 8-10 year olds) and completed application to:                 
Safety Village of Darien – 7735 Warwick – Darien, IL 60561                                                     
4. Any questions: please call Cindie at 630-969-4633 or email SafetyVillage@att.net                                 
5. You will receive a confirmation by mail.                                                                                                     



PARENT ORIENTATIONS

We strongly urge both parents to attend our parent orientation. It will explain all aspects of our program and allow you time to ask questions of the staff. Our Directors feel it is very important to spend time with the parents before the session opens. You will understand everything far better and you will have spent time getting to know some of the teachers.

We ask that you do not bring your children to parent orientation. We discuss different points of classroom work and show a video that could be disturbing to the children. Also, having small children attend could be disturbing to others attending. If you have never attended a Safety Village program, we strongly urge that you attend parent orientation.


Special Events at Safety Village

Thanks to everyone that came out and
supported Safety Village last year on our Anniversery!

More events coming soon...



We offer safety themed birthday parties!

If you are looking for a fun and educational birthday party, you have found it!

Contact Beth Orr for more details:

Email Beth at beppers@gmail.com or call (630)541-7637.

Tuition
Anyone! We do not have restrictions as to where you live. We have had students from over 49 different suburbs and 10 different states. The only restriction is that the students must be 5 years of age and attending kindergarten in the fall. The 8 to 10 year old group must be that….8 through 10 years of age. We also have had students with disabilities and our building is handicapped accessible.
Tuition is $80 for the 5-7 classes and $95 for 8-10 classes. Materials used in the older program are more costly so we keep the tuition same for both classes. We do not receive funding from any organization. We have to do all fundraising on our own. The tuition does not cover our costs, but we keep going as best as we can, which is difficult. But our goal gives us the strength.
We offer snacks for both age groups. If a student has dietary restrictions we will abide by the parents wishes.
We offer many different classes for many different groups. These include field trips for scout troops, school assemblies, speaking engagements on safety, and going to parent groups. Just contact Safety Village and we will be happy to work out something for your group. We are willing to work with anyone.
They are friends and neighbors who have supported us since day one. We have two elementary teachers, firefighters, Battalion Chief, paramedics, police officers, the canine unit and more. These volunteers also serve on our Board of Directors, as well as a Superintendent of a local school district etc.

Cindie Hagen (Director)
Cindie is the President/Program Director of Safety Village and co-founder of the program. Cindie has lived in Darien since 1974. She is very active in the community. She is a member and past President of the Darien Woman’s Club and has belonged to the club since 1988. She is a member of the Darien Chamber of Commerce and has been active in Darienfest since it began in 1988.
Cindie and a few members of the Darien Woman's Club started Darien Unites which was a group of residents that came together after 9/11. Their goal was to educate as many people as possible about preparedness in the event of a community emergency such as tornado, fire, earthquake, setting up a shelter etc. That group is now become a part of Safety Village. All the members have been fully trained in all areas of preparedness.
Cindie grew up in Oak Park and lived there until 2 years after she and Dave married. They then moved to LaGrange to be close to Dave’s work as a teacher at Lyons Township High School. When they were expecting their daughter they decided to buy a house in some town they never heard of…Darien. Before Cindie married her husband Dave she worked for Chas. A. Stevens a retail business in Chicago. She continued to work there as Training Director until the birth of her daughter Kelly after which she retired to be a stay at home mom. The Hagen’s have two granddaughters.
When Safety Village began the teachers took many classes with the Red Cross to learn all about child safety. They went to seminars, workshops and conventions that had anything to do with the many subjects they now teach. We are proud to say that every subject taught has been reviewed for accuracy.

Donna Adams
Donna has been with us since 1992. She is a resident of Darien, grew up in Clarendon Hills and attended Western Illinois University. Donna and her husband Rick are the parents of 4 grown children, two daughters and two sons. They have one granddaughter. Donna has been in education since 1976. She teaches at Mark Delay Elementary School in Darien.
Donna is a wonderful resource of teaching methods and she shares them with the other teachers. Her creativity is wonderful. In fact, Donna is a great seamstress: The teachers at Safety Village like to wear clothes with safety themes on them and Donna sews them. Her talent has no end! Donna is a member of our Board of Directors.

Jeannette Campo
Jeannette and her husband Ronn moved to Darien in the late 80’s. Jeannette was an “at home” mom and had three children, two boys and one girl. Jenn is the grandmother of six and great grandmother of one. Her two sons are in law enforcement. Her oldest son, Ron Jr. is Chief of Police in southern Illinois and her daughter Lorinda is a teacher of Behavior Management for the Deaf at Hinsdale South High School. Her youngest son Michael is a Sergeant with the Darien Police Department.
Jenn has been with Safety Village since 1990 and is on the Board of Directors and a teacher at Safety Village. The teachers at Safety Village always say that Jenn is small but mighty!

Beth Orr
Beth Orr was a student in the first class that Safety Village ever offered. She enjoyed the program so much that she repeated the class several times. After taking every class that Safety Village offered, Beth became a teen volunteer up until she entered college. At this point she became one of Safety Village's teachers and is currently the secretary on the board of directors.
She also runs the Safety Village birthday parties and heads up the SVD Teen Drone Corp. She received a degree in Eartly Childhood Education from Elmhurst College. Beth and her mother own a child care center, Ready, Set, Grow in Darien. She is also the lead preschool teacher. When Beth isn't with the children at her child care center or at Safety Village, she is spending time with her husband, daughter, and twin boys.

John Maggio
John is a Battalion Chief with Darien Woodridge Fire Protection. John joined Safety Village in 1990. He has a gift with children. He teaches a great deal of important information to the children and they listen to his every word. Fire education is an important subject and a dangerous one. He is able to interact with the students, they also get to play act which enables the children to learn all about fire safety.
John is married and has one son. John has allowed us to accomplish great strides in our fire education program. There is one word to describe him and his love for what he does and that is “passionate”. He wants every child to know what to do if they should ever be faced with this type of emergency.

Nick Skweres
We have police officers from the Darien Police Department. We have Officer Nick Skweres (Darien’s Dare Officer) who spends an entire class with the students explaining how to be safe at home, outside the home, in automobiles, at the playground or at school. He also discusses internet precautions no matter what age student he is working with at the time. Officer Skweres reinforces our stranger danger, abduction and other types of safety. He does it in such a way that it does not scare the child. This is very important for the age students we have during our five day program. He spends a great deal of time explaining his duties as an officer and also shows the students his police car and all the equipment he carries. He also explains all the equipment on his uniform.
Nick is married and has two sons. His wife is a teacher in the area. We have known Nick for some time. He was once one of our “teen volunteers”. Nick also brings in the canine officer and that teaches the students exactly what a police dog does to help people, an important lesson for all of our students.

We utilize volunteers from the teen community to help with our younger students. The teens are recruited each April or May and sign up for classes that work into their summer schedule. The teens must be going into 8th grade. Teen volunteers go through a training class to teach them their responsibilities and how to do things with their students. They reinforce all the subjects taught and look after their assigned children inside and outside on our site. The teens are assigned 4 to 5 children and are with them the entire five days. A wonderful friendship develops between them. A great many of our teens are former students of our program as well as one of our teachers.
2014 Safety Village Teen Volunteer Information

Welcome all! The teen volunteers play such an important role in the Safety Village family and I am so very grateful to all of you.

Classes for 2014 will have five (5) 5 - day sessions. The first session is June 23rd to June 27th and will have morning – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and afternoon classes from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The second session July 7th to July 11th will have morning – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and afternoon classes from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the third session July 14th to July 18th will have only morning classes from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes are as follows:

June 23 to 27th - A.M. class is from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

June 23 to 27th - P.M. class is from 12:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

July 7 to 11th - A.M. class is from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

July 7 to 11th - P.M. class is from 12:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

July 14 to 18th - A.M. class is from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.


Teen assignments will be accepted starting on Saturday, May 10th anytime after 1:00 p.m. Go to the Safety Village web site and sign up on the registration form under "Classes". We hope to use all of the teen volunteers this year – helping with classes as well as assisting with needed work at our Safety Village facility. With this letter, you will have ample time to decide if you can work this session and talk it over with your parents.

You will receive a confirmation and permission slip for you and your parents to sign. I must have the permission slip when you come to teen training. Class volunteers, please make note of the June 17th training session at 5:00 pm. I will provide dinner for your training class. The meeting will be about 2 hours at our Safety Village building 7400 Cass Ave., Darien. Tell the person who will pick you up that you will call when we are about done. Your attendance at this evening meeting is necessary. The class will be held at Safety Village. We are in need of a lot of help and are going to try and use as many of you as possible.

Teen Training

– Tuesday evening June 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Safety Village – 7400 Cass Ave


Thank each and every one of you for caring about Safety Village and for wanting to help teach children how to be safe. Each of you will make a difference in the life of a child. I treasure you all! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I look forward to working with all of you!

Cindie Hagen

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Please let us know your (#1, #2, #3) preference about your availability for:

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Safety Village
7400 Cass Ave.
Darien, IL 60561
(630)968-0777
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7735 Warwick Ave.
Darien, IL 60561
(630)969-4633