IRONS — The second annual celebration of Kids Safety Day was celebrated in Lake County on Aug. 22, at Skinner Park in Irons.

Kids Safety Day is an event which promotes different ways people can keep their children safe, both at the family level as well as the community level. The event was organized by the Children's Trust Fund of Lake County, a not-for-profit which helps secure grant money to assist the children of the community.

"Skinner Park is a beautiful area," remarked organizer Belinda Barbier at the event. "Some great organizations showed up: the Lake County Sheriff's Department brought their dogs, the Michigan State Police had their drunk driving simulator and Smokey the Bear was a huge hit. Last year we had it in Luther so we had a good turnout for it being our first year hosting it in Irons."

Lake County Prosecutor Craig Cooper, who was in attendance, agreed.

"What a great event to get kids out to partake in fun activities and to learn about safety. It was great to see all the organizations here," he remarked.

There was plenty to see and do at the park that day. The Michigan State Police had a driving simulator, 4-H had Legos and K'nex for kids to play with and promote their tech wizards program. There also were books and painting by Great Start, face painting provided by Staircase, sleep sacks were distributed at the Safe Sleep booth and the Sheriff’s Department did car seat checks. The Irons Fire Department was even on hand with several fire trucks, and allowed kids try the department's clothing and equipment.

"This event provided a great opportunity for members of the community to learn about the various departments and programs that are available in the area to provide security and safety education," said State Police Trooper Jeff Hammond.

Houseman's donated chips, plates, napkins and juice drinks, while Save-a-Lot delivered hot dogs. The Health Department office provided water, and 4-H and Great Start gave books which were handed out to kids. Several individuals and groups donated backpacks and school supplies to distribute to students.

"We like to put on the event at the start of the school year to remind kids the police are their friends and to teach them different ways to stay safe," said Barbier. "We're lucky to have so many groups in Lake County who will come together to promote safety and community."