MIDDLESEX COUNTY — On Saturday, June 1, Sheriff Mildred S. Scott will hold a Family Fun and Safety Day in partnership with the Middlesex County chapters of the YMCA. The Take25 event is in recognition of National Missing Children’s Day and will be held at the Middlesex County Police Training Academy in Edison.
In January, Scott sent a letter inviting all Middlesex County 4th grade students to submit artwork for two Sheriff’s Office publications: Bicycle Safety and Personal Safety. The purpose of the contest is to make children think about their own safety and that of others. The activity books are distributed throughout the county and reinforce safety in various areas including: bicycle safety, traffic safety, stranger awareness, home security, texting while distracted driving, injury prevention and other topics, as well as fun learning activities.
The Family Safety and Fun Day will follow the awards ceremony for the winners of the Sheriff’s Artwork Contest and will give families and children hands-on safety activities to reinforce the themes in the coloring books. The Sheriff’s Office will provide fingerprinting for the kids, car seat safety demonstrations, a wheel of safety game and a Stranger Danger program. Sheriff’s vehicles will also be on site for photo opportunities.
The YMCA will focus on healthy kids and will present their program Healthy You funded by a grant from the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey. This program is a series of fun activities designed to get kids moving. Other activities will include a bouncy house, obstacle course and parachute play.
The Take 25 Campaign, an initiative sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), encourages parents, guardians, educators, community members, law enforcement and other trusted adults to take 25 minutes out of their day to talk to children about safety. It is organized around National Missing Children’s Day, an event held annually on May 25.
“It is no coincidence that our Family Safety and Fun Day coincides with National Missing Children’s Day,” said Scott. “It is critically important that law enforcement recognize this day and safety activity books and Family Safety and Fun day are the perfect way to raise awareness of these important issues. Our children are our greatest gifts.”
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