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County Distributes Safety-First Trick-or-Treat Bags

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Hawaii County has distributed 10,000 biodegradable, reflective Halloween trick-or-treat bags to schools around the Big Island for use by children from preschool to second grade.

This is the sixth year in a row that the Traffic Division of the Department of Public Works has distributed the bags, which are imprinted with safety messages reminding youngsters to watch out for cars, stay in well-lit areas and not to go out alone.

The county is also asking for the community’s help identifying malfunctioning streetlights.

The public is asked to call the division at 961-8341 to report lights that stay lit all day or do not light at night. Callers should be prepared with the streetlight pole number, which are the large silver numerals located about six feet up on the pole. The name of the street or highway and any well-known nearby landmarks would also be helpful.

Preschool and elementary school teachers have also been provided with a list of activities for young students that will raise awareness of the helping role police and fire personnel play in their lives and the lives of their families. The curriculum and booklets were produced by Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families.


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