Rain did not dampen the zeal of families from Hempstead who turned out Saturday to a carnival and safety rally hosted by the Hempstead Board of Education at Prospect Elementary School.

The event was held to remind parents and their children to stay safe this summer now that the school year is about to end.

It featured booths for summer camp sign-ups, a T-shirt giveaway, a cotton candy machine, a DJ, a petting zoo, a bouncy castle and lots of hot dogs cooked on the grill. Volunteers from the Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association also held a book giveaway to encourage summer reading.

"The message is that we're looking to have not only a fun summer, but a safe summer," said Waylyn Hobbs, Hempstead Village deputy mayor.

"Crime is down -- the lowest in five years, and we're looking to keep that momentum into the future," he said.

Police officers and firefighters were on hand to talk to the children.

Lamont E. Johnson, Hempstead school board president, said he was happy to see the community come together.

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"This is a good event to keep children aware of safety in the summer," he said.

Danielle Gaglioti of Hempstead brought her kids, Jayden and Jada, to check out summer camps and pick up safety tips.

"I want to get them involved with other kids this summer," she said.