Woodstock police host Community Safety and Wellness Day

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Police Department, in conjunction with Valley Health, will host its seventh annual Community Wellness and Safety Day at 10 a.m. Saturday at W.W. Robinson Elementary School.

Police Chief Eric Reiley said the event will showcase numerous emergency service agencies, community services and businesses from around the community while teaching the importance of safety and wellness to those who attend.

“What started on a cold day seven years ago has turned into something bigger than we ever expected,” Reiley said. “With the help of Valley Health and other community partnerships like Shentel and VBS Mortgage, it continues to get better and better every year.”

Over 40 exhibitors with provide an array of activities and exhibits including K-9 demonstrations, visual impairment goggles, a bike rodeo, a teddy bear clinic, a petting zoo and community shredding service. Community agencies, health care professionals, police, fire and rescue personnel will be onsite to answer questions and discuss ways to remain healthy and safe.

James Ziner, director of Medical Imaging and Cardiopulmonary Services at Valley Health, said the annual gathering “has proven to be an effective tool for the community.”


Over 1,000 attendees are expected, Riley said.

There will be games, raffle prizes and a bike helmet giveaway sponsored by Valley Health, while supplies last. There also will be a fire truck pull competition at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee to participate in the pull is a $100;  proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics.

“The team that raises the most money will receive a separate distinguished award,” Reilly said.


Food and refreshments will be available for purchase from Tony’s Pizza, Shaffer’s BBQ and TacoPeton.

Saturday’s event is sponsored by Woodstock police, the Early Childhood Coalition of the  Shenandoah Valley, Family Youth Initiative and Valley Health Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

This event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WoodstockPD.

If You Go


When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: W.W. Robinson Elementary School, 1231 Susan Ave., Woodstock.

Admission: Free.