There was great excitement on Tuesday morning at Frontier Elementary School when the helicopter from Native Air landed on the Chance Amon playground, kicking off the Safety First Program.
The Payson Police Department, Payson Fire Department, Native Air and Life Star Ambulance were in place to teach 200 kindergarten through second-grade students about safety issues.
Presented by the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund, Mogollon Health Alliance and Eastern Arizona Health Education Center, the program has been offered twice a year in Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin.
"Due to the need, we will increase the number of classes to four times a year beginning in 2009" said Judy Baker, CEO of Mogollon Health Alliance.
"What a great morning it was," said Bobbie Jo Haught after handing out bicycle helmets to all in attendance, courtesy of the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial Fund.
"Watching the children's excitement as they were allowed to tour the Payson Fire Department engine, go through the ambulance, learn about road safety from the police department and the wide-eyed amazement when the students emerged from the Native Air helicopter made the day extremely gratifying," said Haught, who looks over the children's fund.