Exciting New Resources from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Teach Young Children Safe Practices When Riding Rail Transit
WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2023 – How do you teach kids about safety when riding rail transit? Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization, today releases engaging new educational materials helping children from Pre-K through age 12 prepare to make safe choices when riding transit and commuter trains.
New resources include:
- An engaging animated Public Service Announcement (PSA) for young children in 75, 60 and 30-second versions
- A coloring book for Pre-K children with signs, trains and scenes to color
- An activity book for elementary-age children with a word search, crossword, matching game and more
OLI’s “See Tracks? Think Train!®” mascot, known as ST3, comes to life in the PSA and teaches a diverse group of young riders how to make safe choices on transit platforms as well as when riding trains. The coloring book for the youngest riders and activity book for older kids also feature ST3, capturing kids’ attention with fun images to color and engaging activities that teach important safety concepts in an entertaining way.
“Our new PSA and materials for kids show them how to make safe choices when riding transit,” says OLI ExecutiveDirector Rachel Maleh. “We want parents and caregivers to know about these fun, FREE rail safety education materials and share them with the children in their lives, teaching the importance of staying safe around tracks and trains.”
The transit safety PSA, coloring book and activity book are downloadable from the OLI materials page at oli.org as well as on the OLI web page just for kids. All of these new resources will soon be available in Spanish.
Maleh continued, “We encourage everyone – adults and children – to take our Transit Safety Pledge and share the rail safety message with friends and family. Together, we can stop track tragedies.”
The OLI website offers additional safety resources for kids and caregivers, including videos, interactive online games and more. Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteers, or OLAVs, offer free rail safety presentations to a wide range of audiences across the U.S. – people of all ages. To schedule a presentation, learn more about becoming a volunteer and making a difference in your community, visit oli.org today.
About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to stopping track tragedies. For more than 50 years, Operation Lifesaver programs have saved lives via public awareness campaigns and a network of trained volunteers across the U.S. who give free presentations encouraging safe behavior near railroad tracks and trains. The Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) national office supports the efforts of state programs in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Explore OLI's virtual library of rail safety materials on the oli.org website. Learn more about OLI, the annual observance of Rail Safety Week, how to request a free presentation and become a volunteer. Follow OLI on social media via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.