WALLACE — First graders from Wallace Elementary Middle School had a chance to learn about safety while having fun during the "Play it Safe" Child Safety and Child Abuse Prevention event Wednesday.
Christie Moore, the volunteer coordinator for New Beginnings Transitional Shelter (which is a part of the Pee Dee Coalition), said the goal was to bring awareness to the students about personal body safety and prevention of abuse.
"We try to make it a fun-filled day for them," she said. "They don't realize they are actually being taught something during all of this."
After a hot dog lunch, students rotated to various stations set up on the grounds of the shelter with different community partners such as Department of Social Services, Bennettsville Police Department, Wallace Fire Department, Marlboro Humane Society, and others.
"This is a growing event for us," Moore said. "Our goal is education for them and keeping them safe."
The students had a chance to play on Iyana's Playground, which is in memory of Ella and Iyana Lowery who were murdered in 2017.
Moore said the playground was built and dedicated in their memory.
She added the goal at Pee Dee Coalition is prevention and education plus services for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
"Here at the shelter, we see all of those victims because of the nature of domestic violence and family violence and sexual assault," Moore said. "Children are usually the forgotten victims in a situation like that or victims themselves."
New Beginnings Transitional Shelter is designed for women and children who have been victims, but are no longer in a crisis situation. Its purpose is to provide a safe and nurturing home while they get their lives put back together.