Wednesday, September 16, 1998

‘PLAY IT SAFE’ CAMPAIGN DEBUTS IN SACRAMENTO AREA

Using coloring books, jigsaw puzzles, and other hands-on tools, a group of California volunteers has given children, parents and teachers some common sense approaches to staying out of harm’s way.

To kick off the campaign in the Sacramento area, Department of Corrections Director C.A. Terhune, Folsom Prison Warden G.A. Mueller, Play It Safe International Chairman Eugene Junette, and others in the local and state community will distribute the coloring books and puzzles to children, Monday, Sept. 21, at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.

Requests for the materials, which originally were manufactured by a group of volunteers in Fresno, grew so quickly that the volunteer staff was unable to keep up. Inmates at Folsom State Prison—under the auspices of the Prison Industry Authority and Vocational Rehabilitation—turned out more than 1,150 of the sturdy wooden puzzles to date.

Contact: Margot Bach, Information Officer
CDC Communications Office
(916) 445-4950

FACTS AT A GLANCE

DATE: Monday, Sept. 21, 1998
TIME: 3 p.m.
WHERE: Central Activity Area, Shriners Childrens’ Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento
NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: Taking photographs of Shriners Hospital patients is strictly forbidden without permission from its Public Affairs Office.