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October 19, 2016

Across the township you can see bright orange pumpkins, beautifully colorful mums and other seasonal decorations springing up in businesses and homes as the holiday season inches closer. The season also brings the sniffles and coughs, chilly nights and the "what-shall-I-wear-for-trick-or-treating" dilemma. We want you and your children to be safe this autumn, and thought we'd share some Safety Tips to help you get through the next couple months.

We'd also like to invite the public out to the October 24 Board of Education meeting (7:00pm at the Galloway Township Middle School; 100 South Reeds Road), where school safety and security will be discussed. We welcome your participation and input!

The National Safe Kids Campaign ( reminds us that on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. As a driver, please be aware of this and extra careful while on the roads. As the parent of a trick-or-treater, keep reading for some tips to keep your child(ren) safe:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child's vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  2. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  3. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  4. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  5. When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Staying healthy is also a concern this time of year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you take everyday actions to avoid getting sick this cold & flu season.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand rubs are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you are sick. And limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like bedside tables, bathroom surfaces, children's toys, door knobs, light switches and telephones.

We hope to see you on October 24, and as always, we welcome your comments any time of the year! Contact me at or 609-748-1250, ext. 1016. Here's to staying healthy and safe during this season of transformation!

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence
609.748.1250, ext.

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