Hanah Seastrom, of Celoron is the new owner of the Power Wheels car from the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village.
She tried out her driving skills through the streets of the village recently when she and her family arrived to pick up the car.
"Hanah has always asked for a Power Wheels vehicle but has never been able to have one," said Sara Seastrom, Hanah's mother.
Pictured are Hanah Seastrom, front row, and, back row, from left, Terri Kindberg, Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village executive director, Sara Seastrom, Hanah’s mother; Melissa Wilcox, Hanah’s aunt; Donna Spencer, Hanah’s grandmother; and Theresa Germaine, safety village board member.
Hanah also has a 3-year-old stepsister who will be able to drive in a couple of years.
"It made us especially happy to know how excited Hanah was over winning this car and that it will get many more years of use," said Terri Kindberg, safety village executive director.
Donna Spencer, Hanah's grandmother, purchased the winning ticket at the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village's Town of Terror Halloween event in the fall. Tickets were sold over the course of the year at various Safety Village functions and at the Celoron Rib Fest. The drawing took place Dec. 1. Village officials will use the proceeds to buy a new car to be used for classes.
Located in Ashville, the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village is a non-for-profit organization formed in 1996. It is made up of an educational facility surrounded by a child-sized village, complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything that would be found in an actual village. The safety village's purpose is to educate children, primarily in the areas of traffic, bike and fire safety. Its goal is to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities in the community by allowing children to experience hands-on lessons.
The village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and community donations. All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information or to make a donation, call Ms. Kindberg at 499-8138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.