SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - From Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten: "Our office is continuing our 5th annual Safetypup® program for our young children in preschool through fifth grade again this fall," Sheriff Auten announced this morning. "We are pleased with the materials and services provided by the National Child Safety Council." The Sheriff stated. "Our office has received many compliments and thank you letters from the community and children regarding our program."
"The National Child Safety Council (NCSC) is a federal tax exempt 501 (c) (3), not-for-profit, organization. For over 50 years the NCSC has helped law enforcement throughout 48 states coordinate effective child safety educational programs. The educator designed materials Sheriff Auten receives each year are filled with games, pictures, puzzles, riddles and rhymes and songs. NCSC has developed a way to make the rules of safety, fun and easy to learn – it's called Safetypup®! The materials reach youngsters at their age level and contain topics that can affect a child's life." Dale Royer, coordinator for the council informed us.
"Safetypup® has become a safety hero and positive role model for our young children. Safetypup® is a fun loving puppy, and visible reminder to stay safe and drug free," Royer continued.
"The Sheriff's Office is currently mailing letters of request throughout Rowan County seeking financial support for this most worthwhile program," Sheriff Auten stated. "The Safetypup® program is solely provided by the generous contributions of our local concerned business, industrial, financial leaders, military, and civic organizations. We need their help to keep the Safetypup® program ongoing each year," he stressed.
"Deputies from our office will visit with our children. During their visits they will distribute and discuss over 6,340 pieces of material. Recognition is given to all who contribute to our program on the prestige page of the work-study manuals." Sheriff Auten explained. Our office is currently mailing letters requesting contributions to the 2015-2016 program. The program will begin this fall.