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National Child Safety Council seeks Fillmore County donations

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

For 41 years in Fillmore County, the National Child Safety Council has effortfully been educating children from preschool age through high school on many aspects of safety. Some of the topics include crime prevention, accident prevention and substance abuse, and even human trafficking and child abduction prevention.

Throughout the school years students in Fillmore County are given age-appropriate learning materials that educate the children on a variety of topics. Safety Coordinator Kim Hiscox manages fundraising and education coordination in Fillmore County and has been doing so for several years.

Today, Hiscox said that the safety materials cost $4.25 per child, a relatively small amount for materials such as the booklets and posters that serve as learning tools. Hiscox stresses the importance of ongoing repetition of safety lessons, especially sexual solicitation via the Internet.

“Thirteen percent of elementary-aged children have received some type of sexual soliciation or approach through the Internet,” Hiscox commented. In one of her discussions with a Fillmore County principal, they realized that this is one out of every eight children, a truly shocking number.

Funding for the materials and operation of the National Child Safety Council comes from local businesses within a jurisidiction, such as Fillmore County for example. Then, the funds are put use by supplying the educational material for the students.

Last year nearly 40 businesses from Fillmore County contributed to the program. This year businesses that wish to donate may send donations to the regional office at:

National Child Safety Council

809 14th Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265-3422

Donations are due by the end of November in order to provide for this year’s safety programs.

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