Personal safety book provides information to protect area children

Pictured left to right: Janet Stewart, Lt. Zach Prewett, Luisa Nambo and Celeste Canfield, principal of Central School.

Local businesses make the effort possible

ROCHELLE — For the past four years, Rochelle Community Hospital, the Rochelle Fire Department and the Rochelle Police Department have joined forces to provide safety information to area children. RCH introduced this safe initiative 20 years ago this year. Local businesses have supported efforts in providing a personal safety book to every third grader in the area.

RCH, RFD and RPD, in partnership with Community Safety Net™, have presented the “Personal Safety – Smart choices for LIFE” family resource booklet to educate and protect our youth.

This initiative provides young people in our service area with effective tools to stay safe and injury-free. The personal safety book offers parents practical ideas on protecting their children as well as an app. The book’s content includes seven different sections for children including safety at home, school, play, away from home, vital safety topics and emergencies and first aid. Another section contains information for parents including: drugs, sexual abuse, bullying, vehicle safety and other topics, street proofing your kids and safety tips for parents. The book concludes with fun learning quizzes, a diploma and a chance for kids to win their very own tablet from Community Safety Net™.

The hospital, fire department and police department would like to thank all of the following businesses who supported this effort for the 2021-22 school year: Class partners - Central Bank Illinois and Rochelle Waste Disposal. Half class partners - Anderson Plumbing & Heating, CHS Elburn and Prescott Brothers Ford. One third class partners - Berg-Johnson Electric Contractors, Inc., Edward Jones-Will McLachlan, Family Healthcare Clinic, Midwest Dental Rochelle, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rochelle Gardens Care Center and Rochelle Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Supporting partners - Central Illinois Loans, Edward Jones Office of Anthony Rowley and Gardner Products Inc.

Local businesses will be contacted this fall by Community Safety Net with sponsorship opportunities. If you have any questions about this safety initiative for the 2022-23 school year, please feel free to contact: Janet Stewart, marketing coordinator at RCH, 815-561-3113; Lt. Zach Prewett at RFD at 815-562-2122 or Luisa Nambo, communications supervisor at RPD at 815-562-2131.

For more safety information and links to family-friendly safety-oriented websites, please visit You can also download our community’s very own safety app.




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