Crime Prevention Information
Take 25 Program/ Toma 25
What is “Take 25”?
A program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, the goal of Take 25 is to heighten awareness about children’s safety issues. With a focus on prevention, the campaign encourages parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to spend time talking to kids and teaching them ways to be safer.
Take 25 was started to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day on May 25th. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, the day serves as an annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families, remember those who are still missing, and make child protection a national priority. It’s a time of reflection and renewed hope for millions of families in communities across the country.
Take 25 Topics
Just taking 25 minutes to speak with your children about their safety may make the difference. “Take 25” topics can be anything that is related to safety. Some examples include: internet safety, “stranger danger”, fire safety, bicycle safety, drugs and alcohol, sexual exploitation and poisonous hazards, to name a few.
Take a tour of your neighborhood pointing out safety zones and homes that are “off limits.” Safety doesn’t have to be limited to just that one day either. Take time each month or week to talk about these things. Talk about them during dinner, on the ride to the mall, or any other time that is convenient.
Take 25 in Fort Wayne
The Take 25 Fort Wayne Task Force, a volunteer group, is organizing a child safety fair which will take place on Saturday, May 24, 2008 from 10:00am-5:00pm at Menard’s Southtown, located at 7702 Southtown Crossing.
The goal of this event is to encourage are families and their children to learn about personal safety in a fun and engaging way. Approximately thirty community agencies and organizations are participating, including the FW Police Department, FW Fire Department, Menard’s South and Wal-Mart South. These agencies are coming together to offer free food, games and entertainment, as well as vital child safety education and child empowerment workshops. We will also be providing free safety ID kits for children, Habitat for Humanity will be raffling off two large wooden children’s playhouses and the Fraternal order of Police will be giving away a limited number for free children’s bicycle helmets.
Take 25 is a FREE event and we invite everyone to come and participate! Please join us as we partner with other to protect the children in our community.
For more information about Take 25, please visit www.Take25.org.