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Serious Gaming

By Travis Highfield Kennesaw State University Magazine (Spring 2018)


Kennesaw State partners with local industry, elementary schools to create educational games

The question comes up from time to time when Jon Preston meets with the parents of prospective students: "What can my child do with a degree in game development?"

Preston, the interim dean of Kennesaw State University's College of Computing and Software Engineering, usually responds by asking the parents to think more broadly about what constitutes a game. Those who graduate from the University with a degree in computer game design and development don't necessarily have to land jobs at entertainment gaming giants like Electronic Arts or Activision, he tells them. They might also apply the technical game development skills they've acquired for traditional companies like Home Depot and Coca-Cola.

"That's what a lot of people think games are - entertainment, and that's O.K. because we all still need an escape from time to time," said Preston, who in 2009 helped establish the game design program at the former Southern Polytechnic State University, now Kennesaw State. "But we saw games evolving over time, and there was a growing need to understand more about game theory and why people are compelled to play. We wanted to recognize that games can be more than shooting things."

As part of that evolution, he said, more industries are looking at games as educational tools. According to technology research group Metaari, game-based learning products reached $3.2 billion in revenue in 2017 alone and are expected to grow more than 20 percent by 2022.

When it comes to training new hires, Preston said, "The efficacy of learning is greatly improved when trainees can do things on their own. But there are certain scenarios that you don't want a new trainee to be involved with the first day on the job. Games are an excellent way to do things in a virtual world that aren't safe to do in the real world."


Helping industry

When Railserve, an Atlanta-based railroad switching company, looked for ways to modernize its 150-page rulebook, the firm turned to Kennesaw State's game development department for help, said, the firms President, Tim Benjamin. The rulebook contains detailed information regarding how employees can ensure safety at each site switch, but Benjamin said new trainees struggled to remember the rules after the company's two-week orientation.

"When an employee comes to work for us, they want to work outside and use creative problem-solving skills to deal with the complexities of moving railcars," he said. "They generally don't like to be indoors reading and taking written tests."

For the last three years, Railserve has worked closely with gaming faculty and students to discuss insufficiencies in its current process. In return, KSU students are creating an interactive virtual environment in which new trainees can act out safety protocols as they would on real-life locomotives, and be scored based on their performance. The simulation is accompanied by a video series in which computer graphics demonstrate the correct and incorrect way to perform various tasks of the rail switching process.

"With this system, we can test them before we release them to the field," Benjamin said. 'We can show them situations from a perspective that is too dangerous to show them in real life, and we can track results to know what individual employees are struggling with."

The project is scheduled for completion this year.


Strengthening education

Applications for serious games aren't limited to industry, said Rongkai Guo, an assistant professor of gaming. KSU students

regularly partner with elementary school educators throughout Cobb County to find ways games can be used to engage students with their lesson plans. Guo's Educational and Serious Game Design course, which introduces students to theories behind the gamification of learning instruction, includes a semester-long project during which students pitch and create a working video game for their assigned elementary school classes.

Naomi Beverly, who formerly taught in Park Street Elementary School's K-5 STEM Lab, said gamifying her lesson plan immediately engaged her students, who were able to contribute directly to the development of "The Lily and The Puppy," a game to teach them to identify parts of a plant and how weather, humans and animals cause changes to the environment.

Beverly supplied Kennesaw State game design students with state standards for science education, and worked with them to satisfy those standards and find ways to challenge her students in a virtual environment. In the game, for instance,

children must visit a grocery store to buy supplies for their plant and pet dog. A mini-game inside the store directs the students to collect coins until they have enough money to purchase items. Another game type scatters plant parts around a garden, encouraging students to identify each part and piece the plant back together by dragging them into place.


To boost engagement, Beverly's students were asked to contribute artwork and audio to be incorporated into the game. When possible, KSU students used the drawings submitted by the children in the virtual rendition. The students also played an active role in deciding what kind of game they would like to play.

"The kids have more buy-in because it's something they created rather than something they were forced to do," said Beverly, who now teaches fourth graders at Lockheed Elementary School. "It's a hard sell if they're doing too much reading."


Expanding outreach

Just a few miles from Kennesaw State's Marietta Campus, the Cobb County Safety Village is exploring new ways to encourage children to practice internet safety at an earlier age. The village is part of a network of comprehensive safety training facilities designed to help residents gain hands-on learning experiences on everything from fire to cross-walk safety.

Director Allison Carter said she was encouraged by what she saw at another safety village in Canada, where police officers use a computer game in which children are asked to divulge personal information, such as their real names and home addresses, in a mock chatroom. At the end of the exercise, officers ask the children what led them to share their information with a stranger and instruct them why its dangerous.

Recently, Carter enlisted the help of KSU students to help her create a game that could be played at the local safety village using input from law enforcement and Cobb County School District prevention specialists. Carter envisions a game similar to the one she saw in Canada in which children will be tempted to share personal information as part of an elaborate lesson plan to teach internet safety.

To challenge the students, KSU's Guo said the game will likely integrate phishing techniques with a pirate theme. In-game characters, for example, might ask the children to verify passwords before they are allowed to board a pirate ship. Instructors will then be able to record how many of them shared their personal passwords. The goal is to have the children demonstrate better judgement when using the internet and avoid situations where they might share sensitive information, he said.


Carter added that children have grown tired of PowerPoints; she wants them to learn by doing. For children to really become comfortable and engaged with the lesson plan, however, they should be on some sort of device. Based on their in-game actions, instructors will be able to walk them through making better decisions.

"It's new. It's fresh. It's nothing like something, we've ever done," Carter said.

Cobb County Safety Village Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Marietta, GA – August 25, 2017 – The Cobb County Safety Village, today announced it has received a grant for $7,500.00 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, the Cobb County Safety Village will grow its 911 call center educational program inside the Public Safety buildings in a more interactive format.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as the Cobb County Safety Village, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

“Currently, we educate on how to make a 911 call and the four simple questions they need to know. To expand on this, we would like to be able to show the students exactly how the operation of 911 works and what happens when they call in and how the call is routed through fire, police and ambulance service. We can also show the text 911 call routing, text-specific situations to use and the pertinent information if they could only send one text. We would also review with the students the difference between Emergency and Non-emergency situations and calling 911 to report on both,” said Safety Village Director Allison Carter.

This grant will help provide the furniture, computers and other various 911 equipment used for static displays along with the devices to run the videos.

The Motorola Foundation was instrumental in helping get the Safety Village’s Interactive Public Safety, Fire and Police and 911 call center constructed along with several other supporters.

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of the Cobb County Safety Village.  As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: and for more information on the Cobb County Safety Village please visit

About the Cobb County Safety Village

The Cobb County Safety Village Foundation, Inc. 501(c)3 believes that education is the key to reducing risk and protecting our community. By reaching out to all residents, we can teach important safety techniques, provide guidance on crime prevention, and, most importantly, involve residents in hands-on learning experience.

The Safety Village facility does more than just present safety information; it teaches and trains participants how to react when faced with dangerous situations.

Our vision is a sustainable Cobb County Safety Village that builds a safer community through advocacy and education.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website:


Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services partnered with the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign on July 15, 2017.

Trinity Chapel, 4665 Macland Rd. Powder Springs, GA 30127 hosted Serve Day, a day where volunteers met at various locations across the country to assist their local communities.

The American Red Cross and Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services canvassed a few neighborhoods around Tapp Middle School, 3900 Macedonia Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127, to install and test smoke alarms. This project’s intent was to equip the homes of the local community and ensure family safety. 

Rotary Clubs of Cobb County Celebrate Ribbon Cutting of Collaborative Project

MARIETTA, Ga. – The Rotary Clubs of Cobb County gathered at the Cobb County Safety Village on May 2, 2017 for a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the completion of a water safety project that began in 2015.

Some members of the Rotary Club of Vinings Cumberland had a vision to do something at the Cobb Safety Village and that idea turned into what would become the lake area that was built on the Safety Village’s campus. During the timeframe of 2015-16, funding was secured from six Rotary Clubs in Cobb County for the project. Those Rotary Clubs include: East Cobb, Marietta, Marietta Metro, North Cobb, South Cobb and Vinings Cumberland.

The lake area is designed to teach children ways to be safe when out on the water, while still having fun. Safety Village Director Allison Carter started working on ideas for the project. Deluxe Athletics was gracious to provide the "lake and sand" turf for the lake area. Then it started taking shape.

The lake area includes a replica of the Safe Kids loaner boards that can be found at lakes around Cobb County. These stations are part of the “Kids Don’t Float” program which allows children to borrow life jackets while at the lake and return at the end of their visit. Marietta Metro Rotary Club President Timothy Bailey agrees that this is an important part of the lake area. “My favorite sign says ‘Kids Don’t Float!’ This is a great way for us to join Cobb Safety Village in teaching kids (and their parents) water safety and fun,” said Bailey.

One of the goals of Rotary International is to support clean, safe water. Rotary Club of Vinings Cumberland President Neill Ferrill says, “With Rotary’s focus on providing clean water solutions worldwide and our desire to promote water safety education to all children, this partnership with the Cobb County Safety Village is a perfect fit.”

Judge Reuben Green, Rotary Club of Marietta President, feels that teaching children water safety is important for our community. “The Rotary Club of Marietta is proud to partner with the Safety Village to create this water safety project. Drowning deaths are one of the leading causes of death in young children in Georgia and being a part of teaching water safety to our school age children in Cobb County makes me proud to be a Rotarian”, said Green.

This project is not the first time the six rotary clubs have collaborated on a project. In the fall of 2015 all six Cobb Clubs - Marietta Metro, Marietta, East Cobb, North Cobb, South Cobb and Vinings Cumberland - worked together to purchase and install beds and furniture at the Center for Children and Young Adults.

They have also all participated with one another's global or other projects in some manner. One example is when Marietta Metro obtained a Rotary International global grant to purchase medical equipment for a clinic in Renacimiento, Mexico and the other clubs helped fund the project.


South Korean delegates visit Safety Village in Marietta

As published in the Marietta Daily Journal
Journalist: Ross Williams

The Cobb Safety Village got some special visitors Tuesday (April 25, 2017).

Unlike the typical visitors to the village, they were not elementary school students from Cobb County or Marietta City Schools, and they were not there to learn about how to prevent fires or ride bikes safely.

They were college professors representing Chungbuk Province in South Korea, and they came to Cobb County to pick up tips on how to operate a safety village.

Some folks in Chungbuk want to open up their own safety village, and they are looking to Cobb’s village as a model.

The site’s director, Allison Carter, said the visitors have land and money to start the project, but are looking for tips on how to make it sustainable.

The professors asked questions about funding and operation costs as they toured the facilities, snapping photos on their cellphones and reading over safety pamphlets.

Carter and County Manager David Hankerson told the group about the site’s history and funding. Carter said fire deaths have gone down since the county began its safety education program, even though population has gone up. Both officials touted the safety village as an example of a successful public-private partnership.

“You think in terms of sustainability, this is a lot better, not the pure public or pure private, but kind of in between?” asked Dohyeong Kim, a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Both Hankerson and Carter said yes immediately.

“Public-private partnerships are huge with us,” Hankerson said.

How to get support from the private side of the public-private equation was another big topic for the visitors.

“When you tried to get these private companies involved in terms of sponsors and contributions, how did you approach them and induce them to these kinds of products?” Kim asked.

Carter spoke at length about the history of the village, how it has expanded from Cobb County Schools to now include Marietta City Schools, as well as private schools and homeschooled children. She said statistics and tests given to students weeks after their lesson show they are retaining their safety knowledge.

Hankerson said the best way to get people to buy into the safety village concept is to let them watch a group of kids go through the curriculum.

“If they’re not sold on the village, that’s what gets them,” Hankerson said. “To see the attentiveness of the kids. If you walked in that room while the instructor’s teaching, some of them will look at you, but most of them won’t pay you any attention. They are focused on that instructor. And that’s what wins corporations. So a lot of the time, if someone’s on the fence, if we can get a corporation to come out here with some of the decision-makers and see the kids and what we do and provide, that is a marketing ploy. This business takes on life.”

Most of the tour was serious, with discussion about funding and accidental death statistics and the like, but not even these learned men could keep a straight face when the village’s mascot, Sparky the Safety Dog, made an appearance.

The distinguished professors laughed and took time to pose for pictures with the gigantic Dalmatian before continuing their tour.

Sponsorship Awards

During the Board of Commissioner's meeting on April 11, 2017, sponsorship awards were presented to the Cobb County School District, Marietta City Schools and Colonial Pipeline for their continued support of the Cobb County Safety Village! A sponsorship award was also presented to Charles Kastner for the family's continued support of the Cobb County Safety Village! 

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Cobb Safety Village given $15,000 Chick-fil-A grant

As published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution 
Journalist: Carolyn Cunningham

Cobb County Safety Village has been awarded a $15,000 grant as a part of Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards to develop a new Internet safety program.

One of the Southeast region’s runner ups, the Safety Village was nominated for this award by Zach Thomas, operator of the Chick-fil-A at Macland Crossing.

Built on eight acres at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, the Safety Village was one of 22 not-for-profit organizations in 16 states to be awarded $1.1 million in grants out of 150 that applied for grants this year.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation grants the True Inspiration Awards to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A’s late founder S. Truett Cathy. Before opening voting to customers, foundation staff reviewed applications and selected a list of finalists that demonstrated a commitment to supporting young people and education.

More than 76,000 customers voted nationwide, including the first time people were able to vote for organizations in their communities via a mobile app.

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Safety Village grant to build internet program

As published in the Marietta Daily Journal
Journalist: staff reports

The Cobb County Safety Village recently received a grant as part of Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards. The Cobb Safety Village was the Southeast region’s runner up and was awarded $15,000 to develop a new internet safety program. The Safety Village was nominated for this award by Zach Thomas, operator of the Chick-fil-A at Macland Crossing.Safety Village

“We are honored that Zach, the Chick-fil-A Foundation and our community understand and value our mission of building a safer community through hands-on education,” Allison Carter, director of the Cobb Safety Village, said. “Out of 150 organizations that applied for grants this year, we are elated to be one of 22 awarded funds to continue our important work. We will use this grant to develop a new internet safety program tailor-fit to our community’s needs.”

This is the third year the Chick-fil-A Foundation has granted the True Inspiration Awards created to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A’s late founder, S. Truett Cathy. Before opening voting to customers, foundation staff reviewed applications and selected a list of finalists that demonstrate a commitment to supporting youth and education. More than 76,000 customers voted nationwide and this was the first time people were able to vote for organizations in their communities via a mobile app. More than $1.1 million in grants were awarded to 22 not-for-profit organizations in 16 states.

The Cobb County Safety Village is the most comprehensive and unique safety training environment in the Southeast. Built on an eight-acre site, it is a place where children and adults can gain knowledge through hands-on experiences. This safety education enables our residents to help and protect themselves and others from accidental death, injury and destruction of property.

For more information about the Cobb County Safety Village, visit For more information about the True Inspiration Awards, visit

Cobb Safety Village is a great asset to county

As published in the Marietta Daily Journal
Journalist: Dick Yarbrough

I have just visited the Cobb County Safety Village. You have to see it to believe it. I have seen it and I believe it to be one extraordinary facility. The Safety Village is one of only twenty in the nation. I doubt there is one better anywhere.

I toured the facility at the invitation of Allison Carter, currently in her third year as director. The Safety Village sits on eight-acres off Al Bishop Road and includes a 27,500-foot facility with four classrooms for children, two adult classrooms, a multipurpose room and a 127-seat theater.

To the rear of the building is a child-size city with scaled down but functional buildings, street signs, pedestrian crossings, a life-size locomotive and a school bus.

The staff consists of Carter, four full-time fire services personnel, two Cobb County police officers and a couple of administrative assistants.

In 1978, the state mandated fire and life safety training. Cobb County was already ahead of the game. Then-Cobb Fire Chief Dave Hinton had already started an education division in his department. From that grew the current Cobb County Safety Village.

Currently, all second- and fourth-grade students in the Cobb County School District, the City of Marietta schools and all private schools, save one, as well as home schoolers and special needs students come to the Safety Village for safety education. The facility also serves senior citizens through Cobb Senior Services.

A main feature inside the facility is Sparky’s House, an interactive house with a living room, kitchen and bedroom. Sparky’s House has simulated fire and smoke and teaches the youngsters escape methods. (Fall, find a wall and crawl along the floor to the nearest exit.) Does it work? Since 1978, Cobb County’s population has more than doubled but the number of fire-related deaths have been cut almost in half.

Another valuable lesson the kids learn is how to call 911 by cellphone or landline phone and also how to text. The exercise involves talking to an actual 911 operator. Carter cites several examples of where students who had been through such an exercise were able to possibly avert a serious situation.

All fourth-grade students have a session on bullying in the facility’s police classroom, including the different kinds of bullying, be it cyber-bullying, verbal or physical and what students should do when they are bullied.

An important part of the Safety Village is the Safe Kids facility, coordinated by WellStar, which is the only permanent child safety location in Georgia. Last year, Safe Kids averaged over 250 car seat inspections a month, making it among the top five in the nation.

Stepping out of the education building into the interactive village, I felt like Gulliver in the land of Lilliput. (Look it up.) All the buildings revolve around a miniature town square and are built to scale. There is the Cobb EMC building where students learn about electrical safety; the Cobb-Douglas Public Health building with a neat show-and-tell on personal hygiene; There is a Colonial Pipeline building showing youngsters how gas gets from a storage tank and across the country to the automobile gas tank.

In the village is a replica of the city of Kennesaw train station, along with a locomotive, train tracks and cross arms to emphasize pedestrian safety and a school bus to teach the kids about bus safety.

As impressive as the interactive village is, Carter says she plans to see it get even better with the help of the Safety Village’s Foundation and additional sponsors. She wants a grocery store to teach young people about good eating habits in an effort to curb childhood obesity and a Weather Channel-type facility to educate children on what to do during natural disasters.

In my opinion, the Cobb County Safety Village is a bargain. The education staff’s budget is $1.2 million and funded out of the county’s fire fund. The Education Building has a budget of $275,000 and is part of the general fund. The buildings in the interactive village are owned and maintained by the Cobb County Safety Village Foundation. Beyond that, saving a child’s life because of what they learned there is incalculable.

In part because of the good works of the Safety Village, the Insurance Services Office just awarded Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services with its Class 1 rating, the highest rating possible. Why should you care? Many insurance companies use ISO as a factor to determine fire insurance premiums. A Class 1 rating can be good for your pocketbook.

There are a lot of good things happening in Cobb County. Put the Safety Village at the top of the list and thank county manager David Hankerson who has been the driving force behind the effort. Mr. Hankerson should feel proud of what he has done. After having toured the place, I am proud he has done it.

Tbilisi Minister's Official Visit to Cobb County

Cobb County Communications Department


What: Tbilisi Minister’s Official Visit to Cobb County

Where: Cobb County Safety Village, 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta

When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9


09:30 – 10:30 Meet & Greet at Safety Village
09:30 – 10:30 Media Availability at Safety Village
10:30 – 12:00 Safety Village tour
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch TBD
13:30 – 16:00 Police presentation & Ride-a long


Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs
Mr. Archil Talakvadze, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs
Mr. Shalva Khutsishvili, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs
Mr. Salva Kvinikhidze, Director of International Relations, MoIA
Mr. Zviad Turiashivili, Protocol Officer, MoIA
Ms. Tea Pertaia, Public Relations Director, MoIA
Ms. Katleen Canning, FBI LEGATT, US Embassy
Mrs. Tracey Newell, Director, INL Programs, US Embassy
Mrs. Tamar Nasaradize, Program Specialist, INL, US Embassy
Mr. Jason Sandoval, DEA SAIC Istanbul, Turkey
Mr. Mitchell Matthias, DEA, Istanbul, Turkey
Ms. Maia Pirtskhalaishvili, Translator
Mr. Michael Turner, Police Advisor US Embassy

Walton Communities Committed to Safety Education

walton communities. Marietta, GA  – Walton Communities showed it commitment to the mission of providing safety and prevention education to all residents of Cobb. In 2013, Walton donated $30,000 to the Cobb County Safety Village and also built a two-story apartment complex that represents their own communities. The first development in the Safety Village’s residential section was unveiled May 16.

“Walton Communities is honored to be involved in the Cobb Safety Village,” Matt Teague, development manager, said. “We place a high priority on education and community involvement and the Safety Village is the perfect blend of these initiatives. Our strong relationships with our vendors made our participation possible and we are grateful for their support.”

“The interactive back portion of the village, run by the Safety Village Foundation, is completely funded by donations,” Allison Carter, safety village coordinator, said. “When community partners such as Walton Communities get involved, 100 percent of their dollars go directly to providing facilities for teaching hands on health, safety and prevention education to our students.”

Cobb Safety Village is a dynamic training environment for families to learn about crime prevention, fire safety, pedestrian safety and disaster preparedness. Small-scale representations of community streets and businesses help interactive learning. Built on an eight-acre site, it is the most comprehensive safety training environment in the region.

Walton Communities is a privately-held company based in Marietta. The company was named “Walton” after the television program, “The Waltons.” The television family represented the kind of tightly knit and traditional community the company strives to develop. Philanthropy and strong community partnerships are vital components of the company’s philosophy.

Safety Village helping improve local children's education

Staff of the Cobb Safety Education Center will welcome the first students of the school year next week. Fourth grade students from Davis and Addison Elementary will take part in the county's safety education program. Opened in August 2009, the safety education center and safety village have improved the quality and effectiveness of our school children's safety education. Prior to the Safety Village, students in kindergarten, second and fourth grade relied on firefighters visiting their classroom to present safety information. Now, with the addition of the village, students are exposed to far more lifesaving education. The curriculum has expanded to include topics such as: stranger danger, gun safety, home safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, pool and water safety, electrical safety and bus safety. Students' exposure to important information from police officers has increased by 98 percent. The safety education provided at the village also adds to the personal impact on students by providing a "hands-on" experience, which is shown to increase learning and retention of information. One of the most meaningful measurements of the fire and safety education is the number of lives saved. Cobb County began fire safety education in 1978 and, despite our population more than doubling, the number of fire-related deaths have been cut in half.

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The Cobb Safety Village has also helped increase the efficiency for our safety education instructors. Before the village opened, fire safety personnel had to travel to every Cobb County school and 56 instructors were using overtime to meet safety goals. Now, fewer staffing hours are required and overtime has been reduced by 31 percent. Travel expenses for instructors has also been reduced by about $12,000. One of the most popular features at the safety education center is a scaled-down village for students to apply the new skills they have learned. The mini-village is built and maintained through donations and grants and is overseen by the Safety Village Foundation, a nonprofit organization. In fiscal year 2010, about 20,000 local students completed the program and the program now includes students from the City of Marietta School System, private schools and home school groups.

Colonial Pipeline Tank Opens

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Colonial Pipeline CEO Tim Felt along with Commissioner Helen Goreham, County   Manager David Hankerson, Chief Sam Heaton and Captain Scott Dodson were part of a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the Cobb Safety Village. Colonial Pipeline paid the Safety Village Foundation $25,000 for the site and invested more than $200,000 in the building, which is a replica of a gasoline storage tank. It contains a built-in floor diorama, interactive safety games and an informational video. The site also provides information on underground pipeline safety and "call before you dig" information. This addition to the Safety Village will help enhance school children's safety education. Click here for a video.

MetroAtlanta makes big donation to village

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service continued to help keep local residents safe by making a large contribution to the Cobb Safety Village. The company donated $110,000 to sponsor the theatre in the Safety Village's model-sized village. Company President and CEO Peter Quinones (right) recently visited the village with District One Commissioner Helen Goreham, whose district contains the Safety Village. MetroAtlanta Ambulance was founded in 2001 on the premise that no resident should be denied access to emergency care, rehabilitation or wellness service due to lack of transportation. In 2003, 2004 and 2005, the company was recognized by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce as one of the top five small businesses in the county. In 2006, MetroAtlanta was honored as the Small Business of the Year. In 2007, the company became the only ambulance service in metro Atlanta to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. The safety village is a child-size representation of Cobb, complete with trees and scaled-down models of operative buildings with signage, streets, traffic lights and homes. The site has four distinct areas, each presenting the opportunity to teach children how to react when faced with fire, crime and disaster emergencies, as well as drug and alcohol awareness and pedestrian safety. Residents can help build a path to a safer future by buying personalized brick pavers to be placed at the village or donating money. For more information on the village or donating, visit

C.W. Matthews sponsors Cobb Safety Village

C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. showed its support in helping keep Cobb residents safe by donating $50,000 to sponsor the construction of a replica of its building in the Safety Village's model-sized village. Company CEO James Scott (right) recently visited the village with County Manager David Hankerson. C.W. Matthews has received many coveted industry awards, including American Concrete Pavement Association Award for Excellence, Top Georgia Department of Transportation Dollar Volume Awarded Contractor and Georgia Quality Initiative Achievement Award. The safety village is a child-size representation of Cobb, complete with trees and scaled-down models of operative buildings with signage, streets, traffic lights and homes. The site has four distinct areas, each presenting the opportunity to teach children how to react when faced with fire, crime and disaster emergencies, as well as drug and alcohol awareness and pedestrian safety. Residents can help build a path to a safer future by buying personalized brick pavers to be placed at the village or donating money. For more information on the village or donating, visit

Kennesaw makes investment in Cobb Safety Village

The City of Kennesaw and Kennesaw Police Department recently showed their commitment to keeping local children safe by purchasing two electric cars for road safety education at the Cobb Safety Village. A replica of the old railroad depot in Kennesaw will be constructed and used for railroad safety instruction. The depot should be complete and operational in the spring. The Safety Village is a child-size representation of Cobb, complete with trees and scaled-down models of operative buildings with signage, streets, traffic lights and homes. The site has four distinct areas, each presenting the opportunity to teach children how to react when faced with fire, crime and disaster emergencies, as well as drug and alcohol awareness and pedestrian safety. For more information on the village or donating, visit

Safety Village adds locomotive to teach kids railroad safety

The Cobb Safety Village recently acquired a 1947 locomotive that was donated by Georgia Northeastern Railroad. The train will be used to educate children on railroad track crossings. A school bus will be placed near the tracks to teach children how to safely exit buses in emergencies. The exhibit will be ready by the end of next month. CobbTV has more on this story.

Colonial Pipeline donates store front at Safety Village

Colonial Pipeline showed its support for safety education in Cobb by recently donating $25,000 to construct a store front in the Safety Village's reduced-scale village. Colonial Pipeline is pleased to become a partner with the Cobb County Safety Village," Sam Whitehead said in a statement. "From my first visit, I saw what a wonderful facility this is and what a great job everyone involved with the village is doing to deliver safety education. Colonial Pipeline Company is an interstate common carrier of petroleum products with offices in the metro Atlanta area. The Safety Village is a child-size representation of Cobb, complete with trees and scaled-down models of operative buildings with signage, streets, traffic lights and homes. The site has four distinct areas, each presenting the opportunity to teach children how to react when faced with fire, crime and disaster emergencies, as well as drug and alcohol awareness and pedestrian safety. For more information on the village or donating, visit