Play brings traffic safety to thousands of kids
June 5, 2013
About 6,000 elementary school aged children in the province are learning about traffic safety, thanks to SGI and a play by the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC).
The play, titled Imagination Odyssey, teaches kids in grades 3-8 the basics, such as why it's important to look both ways before crossing the street and how you should always wear a seatbelt when riding in a vehicle.
“Educating Saskatchewan's youth about traffic safety is not a new undertaking for SGI, but this is the first time SGI has visited children in elementary schools in such great numbers,” Minister Responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer said. “If we can teach kids the importance of traffic safety at a young age, they might carry that lesson with them for life and even influence the adults in their lives.”
SGI commissioned the play, written and performed by the SNTC, specifically to reach kids in this age group.
“The play is interactive and we get lots of audience participation, even from the older kids, which is impressive,” said Dakota Hebert, actor with the SNTC. “People have been really excited to have us in their communities, especially some of the First Nation communities where the kids aren’t exposed to theatre on a regular basis. The kids are happy to see us and ready to listen.”
The play kicked off in Saskatoon on May 13 and wraps up on June 6 in Moose Jaw. It will visit 30 elementary schools in 23 different communities during its month-long Saskatchewan tour.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.
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