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Teaching Intelligent Choices to Kids

Nov 12, 2018

Teaching Intelligent Choices to Kids
 For Immediate Release – November 12, 2018
Children’s Safety Village, the Brant County Health Unit and both local School Boards join Brantford Police Service to enhance delivery of the K.I.D.S. Program
Brantford, ON - The T.I.C.K. Board of Directors is proud to announce the commencement of a new program delivery model for the K.I.D.S. (Knowledgeable, Issues, Decisions, and Supports) Program starting on November 15, 2018 at the Children’s Safety Village.
The K.I.D.S. Program, a series of learning experiences supporting safe and healthy lifestyle choices and decision making, will be delivered by the Brantford Police Service with the assistance of personnel from the Brant County Health Unit.  The program content includes; Youth and the Law, Peer to Peer Relationships, Online and Social Media, Drug Awareness and Mental Health Awareness.
Students from all Grade 6 classes in the City of Brantford will be transported to the Children’s Safety Village for a day long learning opportunity. The transportation for each grade 6 class is being provided by T.I.C.K. Brantford Inc. 
A partnership agreement has been established between the Brantford Police Service and the Children’s Safety Village.  This will allow the Elementary School Resource Officer make use of the interactive learning facilities at the Safety Village for the focussed delivery of the K.I.D.S. program content.   Students will be engaged in multimedia presentations, discussions, and group work.  The student’s learning experience at the Children’s Safety Village will conclude with a fire safety review provided by the Brant Fire Department.
An additional partnership has been formalized between the T.I.C.K. Brantford Inc. Board of Directors and the Brant County Health Unit.  Public Health Nurses will be visiting Grade 6 classes prior to their day at the Children’s Safety Village to deliver the initial segment of the K.I.D.S. program, Peer to Peer Relationships.  Following instruction at the Children’s Safety Village led by the Elementary School Resource Officer, the Public Health Nurses will deliver the final unit of the program, Mental Health Awareness. The T.I.C.K. Board of Directors welcomes the knowledge and expertise that a partnership with the Brant County Health Unit brings to our endeavour.
"The K.I.D.S. Program is one of the most essential youth education programs provided by the Brantford Police Service, and our partnership with the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) and Children’s Safety Village of Brant has made a great program even better.  Speaking with Grade 6 students on important topics (Youth and the Law, Online Social Media Awareness, Drug Awareness), our Elementary School Officer will now deliver K.I.D.S. at the Safety Village in an interactive and educational half-day experience for all students.  The program is further enhanced by having professional public health staff (BCHU) engage the youth in discussions on mental health and peer-to-peer relationships.  All partners in this collaboration share a common interest in providing students with safety education and effective strategies related to making good choices.” Geoff Nelson, Chief of Police Brantford Police Service
"It takes a community to raise a child and that’s the genius of our partnership with the KIDS program. This collaboration coordinates the delivery of fire safety education with our community partners at the Children’s Safety Village creating a fun and interactive learning environment”  Shane Caskanette, Fire Chief Brantford Fire Department
Dr. Jo Ann Tober, Executive Director of The Brant County Health Unit states that; "By supporting the partnership with other community agencies, we are able to contribute to students understanding of the health effects of drug use and impacts on mental health, and positive peer relationships. We want to recognize and thank the Branford Police for the opportunity to join with other agencies in this work.
"The T.I.C.K. board has been supporting the facilitation of the K.I.D.S. program, and before it the D.A.R.E. program, to educate and empower Grade 6 students in our community for 18 years. We are pleased and proud to announce an exciting new partnership with other community agencies that focus on child health, safety and wellbeing to further enhance and consolidate the K.I.D.S. program experience for students. Working in concert with the Brantford Police Services, Brant County Health Unit and Children’s Safety Village, the unique expertise and resources of all of our partners will contribute a revitalized and relevant K.I.D.S. learning experience for the children we serve.” Sue Reid, Chair and President T.I.C.K. Board of Directors
"The Children's Safety Village of Brant is proud to expand our ability to be a valuable
Community asset in the efforts to help keep our children safe. By partnering with the dedicated service providers involved in delivering the critically important K.I.D.S. program, as well as vital Fire Safety information, our specially designed, hands-on facility allows for the effective and cost efficient delivery of these services. We are excited to be a part of this collaboration that illustrates how we all can achieve our common goal of providing the best safety education possible for students while making the best use of our valuable resources. Safety Villages are built upon the premise so inspiringly stated by Benjamin Franklin, "Tell me and I’ll forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."  Dr. Leo Vos, President Children’s Safety Village Board of Directors

To learn more about the K.I.D.S. program and other T.I.C.K. initiatives please visit our website at

For more information regarding this press release please contact Sue Reid, President and Chair of the T.I.C.K. Board of Directors at