Samuel R. Cook Safetytown kicks off for 42nd year

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MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) A more than four-decade tradition in Marietta is set to return next week.

The 42nd annual Samuel R. Cook Safetytown program begins Monday, June 17, at Harmar Elementary School.

The annual kick-off for the event was held Thursday at the weekly meeting of the Marietta Rotary Club.

Safetytown teaches children five and older lessons ranking from watching out for vehicular vehicles-to, more recently, what to do of they find a hypodemic needle.

And this year's class-out of necessity-will be bi-lingual.

"We do have an interesting situation this year, because we have a non-English speaking Safetytown student," says Co-Chair Colleen Cook. "That's the first time that's happened. Luckily, we have a volunteer who speaks fluent Spanish. a high school student, and that person is going to be assigned to our non-English speaking student."

Cook's father, the late Broughton's executive and Washington County County Commissioner Sam Cook, organized the program back in 1978, and the program Is now named for him.

It was inspired by a similar program in the Columbus area.

Marietta's Safetytown begins Monday and continues until June 27.