SOUTHINGTON â€“ The youth services department is hosting the American Red Cross course, â€śWhen Iâ€™m in Charge,â€ť on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 5-6:30 p.m.
Sue Williams, the youth services director and organizer of the event, said the program is popular and targets fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
â€śThey learn how to keep themselves safe when they are on their own at home,â€ť Williams said. â€śThey learn about what to do if somebody should come and ring the doorbell or call them. They learn how to get along with siblings if left alone and about fire safety.â€ť
The program is located at the Southington Youth Services office at 196 N. Main Street.
According to Williams, Terri Benoit, a certified Red Cross instructor, is teaching the children.
â€ś[Benoit] talks to them a little bit about some first aid stuff, nosebleeds, small cuts, burns, those kinds of things,â€ť Williams said.
The program is $20 per child and has occurred for around 15 years, Williams said.
â€śWe typically have full classes each time we offer it, so I feel like itâ€™s very well received in town,â€ť she said. â€śI think that parents are pretty happy that this is offered to their child, and they are able to take the class.â€ť
Williams said the â€śWhen Iâ€™m in Chargeâ€ť event is â€śa great program and we look forward to hosting it.â€™
â€śWe offer it multiple times a year,â€ť Williams said.