Building Trust and Relationships at Safety Awareness Community Event

Following the recent shootings that took place near Hickman Mills’ Ingels Elementary earlier this year, the school staff launched a Safety by Choice Campaign to provide a safe, fun environment for families to build trusting relationships with one another and the community.

Caring for Kids Ingels partners — Renaissance Church, KCMO Health Department, Community Assistance Council, and Turn the Page — collaborated with a group of concerned moms from Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, plus St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the Ingels school community in assisting with the event on May 9. Safety organizations provided child ID kits; gun, poison, and seatbelt safety awareness; smoke detector sign-ups; and crime prevention information.

Games, inflatables, crafts, food, book giveaways, and entertainment from the Ingels Praise Dance Team helped round out the afternoon’s activities.

“The Safety Fair was an awesome community event,” said Ingels Principal Dr. Sabrina Tillman-Winfrey. “Our parents and students are now equipped with the tools and information needed to help keep them and our community safe! We are looking forward to making this an annual event.”