tracks. New Jersey has 25 volunteer presenters that cover the entire state. According to Todd Hirt, the New Jersey State Coordinator, “Volunteer presenters gave 465 presentations to about 70,000 people in 2008.” The majority of presentations are given to students in grades K through 8. However, volunteers also present to any interested civic group and at community events. Presentations are usually 15 minutes followed by a video. Both the presentation and video are age appropriate. No matter whom the audience, Mr. Hirt says there are two things they always tell people, “the railroad is private property and always expect a train.”
If you are interested in arranging a presentation, please visit Operation Lifesaver’s Web site. Emails can be sent directly to Mr. Hirt through the Operation Lifesaver Web site. Additional contact information is also available.
Safe Crossing Program Each year, Safe Kids USA and Canadian National Railway (CN), one of the largest railroads in North America, partner to organize Safe Crossing Week. Held in November, the purpose of the event is to encourage parents, teachers, and caregivers to teach elementary school children how to safely cross railroad tracks. Education materials, lesson plans, and information on Safe Crossing Week 2009 is available at http://www.usa.safekids.org/rail.