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Those in attendance at a meeting regarding safety bracelets for the Rice Festival were, from left, Shirley Bratton, Optimist Club; Crowley Fire Chief Jody Viator, International Rice Festival; Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard; Donna Butler, Crowley Art Association; and Gayle Godeaux, Crowley Art Association.

Providing safety for children at festival

Groups hope to expand festival bracelet program

For the second year the Crowley Optimist Club will work with the Crowley Police Department and the International Rice Festival Office to expand the Bracelet Program for children in an effort to help with their safety during the crowded, four day event.
What they are hoping for now is assistance at doing so.
The Optimist Club is looking for volunteers to help with signing up the children.
There will be four tables for sign ups. Volunteers will be signed up to work hour-long slots. They will be allowed to choose the hours they would like to work at one of the following places.
• Home Bank drive way at Parkerson Ave. and Second St.
• Harvest Fest at the First Baptist Church
• Crowley Art Association booth at Levy Park
• A booth located at the intersection of N. Parkerson Ave. and Front St.
The group held a meeting last week at the Crowley Police Department.
The groups are also looking for booths located along Parkerson Ave. where lost children can be brought and held until they are picked up by either their parents or by the Crowley Police Department. They are specifically requesting that the participants do not sell alcohol and that they are willing to place a sign from the Crowley Art Association and some blue and white balloons on their booths so that they can be recognized.
Those wishing to participate can contact Shirley Bratton with the Crowley Optimist Club at 962-4144.

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