Youth education, safety fair is May 18 in Renton

The local 911 community and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound will hold a Youth Education and Safety Fair Saturday, May 18, in Renton.

The event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, is part of the national Take 25 child safety campaign in observance of National Missing Children’s Day in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The afternoon will include many activities such as free child ID kits; a children’s fitness obstacle course; a fire safety trailer to learn what to do in case of fire; police and fire vehicle demonstrations; activities, handouts and tips on children safety; information on texting and driving as well as internet safety; a Lego pit;  games; raffles; a barbeque; face painting,  and many more activities and special guests.

The King County E-911 Office will present a local child with their Kid Hero Award. National Missing Children’s Day is an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing and stresses the importance of making child protection a national priority.

The Take 25 campaign is a national campaign created in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.The campaign encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction.

The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through May 25 every year in communities throughout the country.

“We know that teaching children about safety works. Community events play an important role in helping parents understand how they can help save a child’s life,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. “We are very grateful to our local partners who share our interest in keeping children safe. They play an important role in raising public awareness in communities throughout America.”



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