Home alone training now available for St. Mary’s kids

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ST. MARY’S—The fictional kid Macaulay Culkin played in the 1990 flick “Home Alone” may have gone overboard when he stopped a couple of burglars in their tracks. Fortunately, children in St. Mary’s now have a more prudent – and realistic – option available to them for safety when home alone.

The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s is hosting a Home Alone Training program, courtesy of the Canada Safety Council. The one-day session on Saturday, June 11 at the Greenfield Oldsters Club aims to provide youngsters, 10 and older, with the skills and knowledge they need to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods.

Said St. Mary’s Community Development and Recreation Director Kerri Penney, “The idea to organize this training was brought forward by the community, parents in particular. They’d learned about this training and brought the idea to [us].”

The Canada Safety Council bills itself as “a national, non-government, charitable organization dedicated to safety. Our mission is to lead in the national effort to reduce preventable deaths, injuries and economic loss in public and private places throughout Canada … The [Home Alone] program focuses on small group discussions, problem solving, role-playing, and instructor-led demonstrations.”

This includes: responsible behavior; kitchen safety and meal planning; hazardous product safety; fire safety; how to handle emergencies; playground safety; crosswalk safety; first aid basics, and how to deal with strangers.

“Offering training opportunities to youth is something we are always interested in,” Penney said. “We have organized courses such as defensive driving and the babysitting course in the past.”

The course costs $60 per person. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 9. Payments and registration can be done at the municipal office in Sherbrooke. For more information on the program: www.safechoice.ca

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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