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Agencies wanted for safety day May 5

Registration is open for organizations who would like to take part in the upcoming Carbon County Community Safety Day.

The event, organized by state Sen. John Yudichak, Kid Zone, the Carbon County Commissioners, and Carbon Masonic Lodge 242, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5, at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe. The event is held rain or shine.

The group is currently working on finalizing details for this year’s event and is looking for organizations who would like to set up a stand.

Mindy Graver of Kid Zone said that there will be old favorites, such as the coconut crusher and dental van, as well as a new group — the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary — joining in on the fun to educate children and their parents about various safety issues, including water safety, animal safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, poison control and more.

A special presentation will also be held at the opening ceremony.

Agencies wishing to participate need to have an activity that focuses on children and safety is required. You must provide your own table, chairs and tent. If you need an idea, call Graver at 570-325-2788.

To register, you must submit your agency name, address, phone number and email address; a contact person; number of staff/volunteers attending; description of the activity planned; space needed for the activity; and if you require electricity, to Graver at mjg26@psu.edu or fax to 570-325-2805. Deadline to register your organization is April 25.

In addition to agencies, volunteers are also needed. To volunteer your time during the event, contact Graver.

The Carbon County Community Safety Day grew into what it is today through a joint collaboration between the Masonic Lodge, Carbon County Commissioners and the former Carbon County Safe Kids, now Kid Zone.

The event was previously known as the Carbon County Fun-N-Safety Fair and held on Fifth Street in Jim Thorpe, but after a number of successful years, the event outgrew the location.

In 2013, Yudichak partnered with the groups and the event was moved to its current location at the lake.

Since 2013, Community Safety Day has grown in size and popularity with families and is made possible through business donations and dozens of volunteers.