Kids take a bite out of crime

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

On a recent Saturday morning, youngsters had the chance to learn about &uot;Stranger Danger&uot; and get to meet a member of local law enforcement. The children also enjoyed taking a bite out of delicious PB &J sandwiches – while they also learned how to take &uot;a bite out of crime&uot;.

It was all part of the latest &uot;Super Saturday&uot; at the Greenville-Butler County Public Library.

Children’s Librarian &uot;Miss&uot; Jean Bauer introduced Officer Burrows of the Greenville Police Department to the youngsters present – Makaveli Eddins, Steiner Hamilton, Rachael Boutwell, Amelia Grider, Coy Browder, Josh Sawyer, Olivia Foster and Zachary Grider – talking to the children about staying safe with strangers.

The youngsters were reminded to never go anywhere with someone they do not know and, if in trouble, to remember to tell a teacher, a parent, grandparent or a policeman to get help.

&uot;The little kids who were here earlier today were a little scared of me, I think, but remember, we are here to help protect you,&uot; Officer Burrows reminded the children with a smile.

Other good advice given to the youngsters included &uot;Call 9-1-1 if you need help&uot;; &uot;Walk away from a stranger&uot;; &uot;Scream and yell if someone is hurting you&uot;.

When Miss Jean asked the children what they should say if anyone offered them cigarettes or alcohol, they quickly answered: &uot;No way!&uot;

&uot;It’s BAD for you,&uot; chimed in Makaveli.

The children also had the opportunity to check out Officer Burrows’ police cruiser during his visit to the library.

After creating their own colorful police hats, the group also listened to McGruff, the noted crime dog, sing a special safety song (with the assistance of Miss Jean). The youngsters then used puppets to act out the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood – a perfect story to illustrate &uot;stranger danger&uot;.

After the puppet show, everyone got to enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and punch.

Held the third Saturday of each month throughout the school year, Super Saturday always offers a new topic or theme, with music, stories, puppetry, arts and crafts and refreshments frequently a part of this fun hour. Two sessions are held each Super Saturday: a 9:30 a.m. session for preschoolers and a 11:00 a.m. session for elementary students.

On February 26, a colorful &uot;Mexican Carnival&uot; will come to the library; on March 26th, the Easter Bunny is likely to hop in the Children’s Room, and frogs will be the fun theme for April 23.

&uot;We love having new children join us as we learn and play and have a great time together – come and join us,&uot; says Miss Jean.

For more information about Super Saturdays, call the library at 382-3216.