Summer Safety Breakfast Educates 75 Kids
Safety is an important consideration for children, particularly in the summer, when they have more access to dangerous situations.
On June 30, more than 75 children participated in the annual Rockaway Children’s Summer Safety Breakfast at the Beach Club, sponsored by the Peninsula Hospital Center and the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. According to Liz Sulik, the executive director of the Chamber, the event is designed to reinforce some "good ole’ fashioned summer safety tips."
Many safety experts spoke at the breakfast.
Crime Prevention Officer Brian McCabe joined other police officers from the 100 Precinct in presenting beach and bicycle safety tips both formally and as they mingled with the children.
Dr. Olewepo, the head of Peninsula Hospital Center’s pediatric unit, spoke to the children about health issues and reassured the children – should they have a need to come to Peninsula Hospital – that they have not only a doctor, but a friend in Dr. "O"! The head dietician at Peninsula Hospital, Steve Kamlet, also addressed the children about eating healthy foods during the summer and the children were given coloring books and other nutrition information.
This year, Postmaster George Buonocore, joined the children and presented them with stickers and "goodie bags" donated by the U.S. Postal Service to take home. Each child was also given a plant "to keep healthy and safe" by Ms. Margaret Anne Tokarshewsky of the Queen Botanical Gardens who also gave out information about the many activities for children available throughout Queens during the year.
Of course, the highlight of the morning’s festivities was a special appearance by Elmo who posed for photographs and received lots of hugs and "low five’s" from the children. "This is such a special event each year." says Chamber Executive Director Liz Sulik. "It is a challenge keeping the children’s attention while presenting valuable information, but our speakers always work with the children and keep them involved. I think they learn and have fun at the same time and that’s our goal."