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Lynn Meadows Discovery Center puts safety into practice at Kid Safety Fair

A youngster gets a power line safety lesson at the annual Kid Safety Fair at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX News) A youngster gets a power line safety lesson at the annual Kid Safety Fair at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

One hundred butterflies were released at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport Saturday to honor the lives of sister and brother Kiara and Jameel Pearse, who were killed in a car accident nine years ago on Nov. 14.

But to their parents, the best way to honor their lives is to educate others.

“What I want to get across is the importance of seat belt use, the importance of the safety of our children in the community,” said Yvette Pearse, mother of the siblings. “I don’t want any parent to have to experience what I've experienced for the past nine years and will experience for the rest of my life.”

Yvette's husband Brian hates to hear when similar accidents occur, and hates even more if the report says those injured or killed were not wearing a seatbelt.

“Some of these deaths that happen are preventable,” Brian said. “A simple three second act of putting on a seatbelt can possibly prevent you from injuries, and possibly save your life.”

The second annual Kid Safety Fair hosted by the Lynn Meadows attracted between 400 and 500 people. It included demonstrations including emergency medical care, health care, boating safety, school bus safety and electrical safety. In addition, there were self-defense demonstrations and celebratory dance routines.

Staci Cook brought her three children from the Kiln.

“It’s important for my kids to hear it come from somebody besides me,” she said. “I want them to hear it from the professionals so that they know what I say is true. And that they listen when we say about boating safety, road safety, bus safety, fire safety, all those things are important.”

The reinforced message is getting through.

Cindy DeFrances, LMDC executive director noted, “We just want to make sure that all children in our community are safe and that they have the opportunity to learn it right here at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.”

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