Child Safety Fair hosted by local NCMEC Task Force - May 15, 2009

Record Number: 5140
Displayed from: May 15, 2009 , until: May 23, 2009

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Fort Wayne Task Force will host its third annual Take 25 Child Safety Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Menards and Wal-Mart parking lots at Southtown Crossing. The event is designed to heighten awareness of children's safety issues. The Take 25 campaign encourages families to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety issues. The Child Safety Fair will include at least 50 local businesses and organizations promoting various safety issues, such as fire safety, kidnapping prevention, animal safety, bike safety and more. The event includes food, chalk drawing, face painting, children's fingerprinting and photo ID kits, free haircuts and styles for kids, race car simulators and the National Guard climbing wall. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local ethnic dance troupes. This event is one of the largest of its kind in the country with more than 3,000 people attending last year. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children recognized this exemplary effort with a national honor given to the Fort Wayne Task Force last year. Fort Wayne was also recognized for having the winner of NCMEC's annual coloring contest. Fairfield Elementary fourth-grader Ma June's artwork was selected from all entrants as the winner of the contest, held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Her artwork can be seen on bookmarks and promotional materials for NCMEC. For more information on the Child Safety Fair contact Task Force Co-Chair Christine Marshall at 246-0686.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.