A safety awareness event aimed at preventing sexual and domestic violence against children in the community is set for 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at Cedarville High School.
Cedarville School District has partnered with local churches, law enforcement and other community leaders to organize Step up, Speak Out, in which area businesses, civic groups and legislators work together to educate children about safety.
For kids, the rally will have games and activities, educational arts and crafts booths, and informative literature geared toward children, according to Dr. Kerry Schneider, superintendent of Cedarville schools.
“As many as one out of four girls and one out of six boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18,” Schneider said.
Adults can attend informative educational sessions that will teach them how to better protect children from abuse.
Representatives of the Hamilton House Child and Family Safety Center also will be at the event. Hamilton House served 817 children in 2016.
Schneider stressed that Step Up, Speak Out is an informational event, not a fundraiser. The event is free to the public and there are no booth fees.
Step Up, Speak Out events have been held in the area for several years. Sam Sicard, president and CEO of First Bank Corp. in Fort Smith and co-chairman of the local Step Up, Speak Out effort, chose Alma to hold program this year.
For more information about Step Up, Speak Out go to www.stepupspeakout.org.