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Spotlight on Child Safety

— Upon becoming aware of "National Missing Children's Day," Margo Chisholm who heads Child Services in the Alexandria Public Library became its advocate in the City of Alexandria. Educational materials were shared throughout the City's schools, libraries and law enforcement offices.†The success of her efforts will be on display at the Beatley Central Library this coming Friday, May 25, throughout the afternoon.

"Take 25" is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Its purpose is to encourage parents (including grandparents) and guardians to "take 25 minutes" to talk with their children about ways to stay safe. Each day, 2,200 children "go missing;"†the vast majority are located quickly.

"Over time and in a mysterious way, adults develop a sense of personal safety," Chisholm said. "We become aware of our surroundings and are able to make good decisions for our own protection. The most important citizens in our community are the children. We owe it to them to provide guidance that will help them to stay safe."

‘Take 25’ at Beatley

12 p.m. - Mayor's Proclamation reading

12 - 5 p.m. - Child ID and Safety Fair

1 p.m. - Story time with Miss Christian

1 - 3 p.m. - Alexandria Police tours of Crime Scene Van and "the Tank"

2 p.m. - Safety crafts with Miss Joy

3 p.m. - Safety presentation by Police Office Charlie Lloyd

4 - 5 p.m. - Meet and greet law enforcement dogs: Sherman (Sheriff's Department) and G'Kar (Police Department).