Fort Concho Elementary third graders aiming to repair Safety City

A group of third-graders from Fort Concho Elementary School, who call themselves the “Safety City Savers,” have started an initiative to bring the safety education facility back from disrepair.   As part of the Texas Research Institute for Young Scholars competition, the children from Tammy Fluitt’s third grade gifted and talented class have come up with several ideas to help the San Angelo Police Department and the San Angelo Fire Department revive Safety City.

Safety City has been a San Angelo institution for generations of third-graders to learn bicycle safety in a miniature version of the city and its streets. More recently, a fire safety program has been added to the education.

The students have created their “Safety City Savers” logo and will go on a field trip, first to Safety City; then to visit Peggy McElrath at Adobe Signs & T-shirts Tuesday to assist McElrath in laying out the logos and printing their creations onto T-shirts.

On Saturday, March 12, the Savers will be at Sunset Mall, 4001 Sunset Drive, with two goals – selling the shirts they’ve designed to raise funds and signing up volunteers for a workday at Safety City on March 26. The mall event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Their passion is to save Safety City.” Fluitt said. “There are plans to build a new, state-of-the-art Safety City in honor Korby Kennedy, we thought if we could help them sustain it until a new one could be built, why not?”

The group approached the Safety City board of directors and have partnered with board president Georgia Hart to see their dream realized.

“They’re not stopping there.” Fluitt said. “They want to help with the big fundraiser for the new center.”

Keep watching for updates on the project.

(Sam Williams, Four R Broadcasting, contributed to this story.)