Safe Kids Information

SAFE KIDS of Georgia

In Troup County

2001 Schedule



All meetings at 12:00 pm in the LaGrange Police Training Room unless otherwise notified. Check website (www.lagrangepoliceorg) for details.

January 10 February 7 March 7

April 11 May 9 June 13

July 11 August 8 September 12

October 10 November 7 November 28



Event Date Time

Kroger Fundraiser February 10 11:00-2:00pm

LaGrange Safety Seat Check February TBA

Hogansville Bicycle Rodeo April 21 TBA

West Point Safety Seat Check May 19 TBA

Hogansville Safety Seat Check July 21 TBA

Kidís Day International September TBA

Public Safety Day October TBA

Breakfast with Santa December 1 8:30-10:30

LaGrange Safety Seat Check TBA





The Mission of SAFE KIDS of Georgia is to reduce childhood trauma and deaths due to unintentional injuries.

Areas of Focus: Motor Vehicle, including Pedestrian and Bike, Fires/Burns, Poisonings, Falls, Drownings and Unintentional Shootings.

In 1988, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign was founded by the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The Campaign initially selected ten target cities to develop coalitions with Atlanta being one of the ten cities. Georgia was the only state coalition at that time.

SAFE KIDS of Georgia had its inaugural meeting in May of 1988. Governor Joe Frank Harris proclaimed May 16-22 as SAFE KIDS Week in Georgia. The program committee structure was formed consisting of 49 organizations and agencies with one common bond – preventing childhood injuries. The program committee continues to meet once a month and how represents over 80 organizations.

The initial lead agencies were the Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth and the Council for Children. In 1990, SAFE KIDS of Georgia became incorporated and elected its board of directors. In 1992, Egleston Children’s Hospital became the lead agency for SAFE KIDS of Georgia and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta continues in that role today.

Original financial sponsors of SAFE KIDS of Georgia were The Kroger Company and Egleston Children’s Hospital, with a total first year budget of $13,000. Today, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta supports SAFE KIDS of Georgia with an Executive Director, Associate Director, Administrative Secretary and an operating budget. Additionally, Children’s provides injury prevention literature, as well as other resources, to SAFE KIDS of Georgia Coalition members at no cost.

SAFE KIDS of Georgia began with coalitions in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Dalton, Augusta, Savannah and Brunswick and has grown to 50 coalitions as of January 2000. In 1989, SAFE KIDS of Georgia received the National SAFE KIDS Campaign "Best Coalition Award" and more recently was recognized as a model prototype for future state-wide coalitions.

In 1996, SAFE KIDS of Georgia gained international recognition from the World Health Organization as the first Cooperating Helmet Initiative Program in the United States. SAFE KIDS of Georgia joins the Childhood Injury Prevention Service of England’s Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Helmet Initiative Program of Sweden as model programs of excellence seeking to prevent brain injury by promoting bicycle helmet usage. A key factor in this recognition is SAFE KIDS of Georgia’s instrumental role in passing Georgia’s bicycle helmet law in 1993, the most comprehensive law in the country at the time. Since the passage of this legislation, SAFE KIDS of Georgia has distributed over 10,000 helmets to underserved children.

SAFE KIDS of Georgia also hosts an annual injury prevention conference in February, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Each year over 400 professionals from throughout the state attending this 2-1/2 day event to receive updates on unintentional injuries, network and share new programs.

SAFE KIDS of Georgia has proven it takes a willing attitude and winning spirit to make a program grow strong enough to reach its goals.

For more information on SAFE KIDS of Georgia contact:

Carol Ball, Executive Director 404/929-8394

Sabrina Wright, Associate Director 404/929-8628

Ann Bereska, Administrative Secretary 404/929-8393

e-mail: safekids@choa.org

What is a SAFE KIDS Coalition?


Coalitions have been defined as "a union of people and organizations working to influence outcomes on a specific problem." SAFE KIDS coalitions exemplify this definition.

The specific program SAFE KIDS focuses on is unintentional childhood injury. The union of people and organizations range from health departments, law enforcement, nurses, doctors, teachers, principals, fire fighters, EMTs, business leaders, politicians, to other community members concerned about the safety of children.

A coalition is a way for each group to bring their strengths together to form a unified and more powerful group to spread the injury prevention message. Being a part of SAFE KIDS benefits each member of the group by making more resources available to everyone.

Coalitions also offer public awareness for each group involved. Since SAFE KIDS is a partnership, all groups involved receive recognition for involvement.

What Does a SAFE KIDS of Georgia Coalition Do?


Preventable injuries are the #1 killer of children under the age of 14; claiming more lives than all childhood diseases combined. Each year 6,700 children are killed and 50,000 are permanently disabled from an injury that could have been prevented. The goal of SAFE KIDS is to reduce these numbers through local grassroots coalitions.

The focus of SAFE KIDS of Georgia is the top preventable killers of children under the age of 14:

    1. Motor Vehicle Safety (including bicycle and pedestrian safety)
    2. Drowning
    3. Fire/Burns
    4. Poisoning/Choking
    5. Falls
    6. Unintentional shootings

The goal of a coalition is to teach parents and children about child safety. Local coalitions implement safety programs, teach safety to school children, teach safety to parent groups, and distribute child safety equipment to families in need.

Examples of the most popular state and local programs:





Safe Kids of Georgia in Troup County was organized in April of 1999. Since that time, the organization has conducted bicycle rodeos, inspected car safety seat installations, and provided child and infant CPR instruction. The coalition sponsored "Breakfast with Santa" as a fundraiser in December, and will provide this activity again. Member organizations include, but are not limited to, LaGrange Police, Troup County Sheriffs, Troup County Fire, West Point Police, West Point Fire, LaGrange Fire, American Medical Response/Troup EMS, the local Elks Lodge, Caring Chiropractic, American Red Cross, and many others. The group meets monthly, usually on the first Wednesday at noon at the LaGrange Police Department.

For more information concerning SAFE KIDS of Georgia in Troup County, please contact Sgt. Del Armstrong, LaGrange Police Department at 706/883-2642 or Lt. Beverley Walker, LaGrange Fire Department at 706/883-2655 or e-mail at bwalker@lagrange-ga.org.