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CITY OF LYNN
Mayor Patrick McManus

Fire Safety/Substance Abuse Prevention

The Lynn Fire Department opens fire houses to all third grade classes. Trained firefighters will speak on fire safety and demonstrate uniforms and packs during a fire. They give students a tour of the trucks and equipment, and discuss substance abuse prevention, focusing on tobacco use. All students receive substance abuse prevention literature and a message t-shirt (e.g., Smoke Detectors Save Lives).

Literature and firefighter training is paid for by the Health Education Department. The shirts and a bus are provided by R.O.C. Fire Department volunteers for day classes and training.

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A Bright City is a Safe City

"A Bright City is a Safe City" is a new initiative designed to enhance public safety by replacing non-working or malfunctioning street lights throughout the City of Lynn. The program is a cooperative effort among the Mayor's Office, the city's Electrical Department, Massachusetts Electric, and the citizens of Lynn.

Lynn residents who notice problem lights can call Massachusetts Electric or the City's Electrical Department and a representative will be sent to fix the light as soon as possible. The City of Lynn has approximately 6,400 streetlights. Together with Massachusetts Electric's regular streetlight patrol, the city has made significant progress replacing nonworking or malfunctioning street lights. In three months, the program resulted in the replacement of 225 street lights across the city.

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Anti-Violence Program

Mayor McManus declared a Violence Prevention Week in Lynn. The Health Education Department hoped activities designed to reach appropriate age groups would begin to change their attitudes and behaviors about violence, and change the attitudes and behaviors of those around them, as well. The violence prevention targets were: Elementary--Bullying; Middle School--Vandalism; Senior High -- Harassment. The peer programs made purple ribbons that were distributed to all schools. The parents became involved in a "Violence is Not Cool" pledge and information of the week's activities was available at PIC and on CATV.

The School Improvement Councils were asked to complete a school safety assessment of all elements of staffing, daily operating procedures, curriculum, physical plant, and crisis plans for keeping their school safe.

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Fingerprinting

During Violence Prevention Week the Police Department in conjunction with AtlantiCare and R.O.C. designed a program to fingerprint Kindergarten students at four elementary schools. The students will be given a demonstration of what fingerprinting will be like by a health educator using "Froggy" from the "Here's Looking At You 2000" curriculum. Each child will be individually fingerprinted on a card which will be sent home so that parents may add a recent photo and fill in general information. A permission slip from each student will be necessary.

The TAC Force (Bike Patrol) will be available to the students at the same time. They will address safety issues with the class.

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Health Tips for Parents

This is a low-budget video project run by the drug/health program specialist during the school day. Guests are local professionals and representatives of organizations that have programs or messages to deliver to the parents of students of the Lynn School Department. They volunteer their time to produce half-hour segments. Warner Cable donates camera crew, studio and tapes, Classical High School welcomes the opportunity to use these programs as a learning experience for their television curriculum, and the participants from the community are pleased to have a vehicle to get out their message.

Contact: Frank Melinger, (617) 598-4000

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