Child safety focus of event at Lancaster High

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By Jesef Williams

Organizers want the fourth annual Child Safety Day to be fun and informative for youth and adults alike.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

There will be three workshops during the day – one on nutrition, another about Internet safety and the third about drugs and alcohol.

Various groups and agencies throughout the county will have booths set up to share information about their programs and services. The Amber Alert network, gang violence and self defense are some of the topics that will be covered.

Parents will also get to register their children for ID kits that feature photographs, DNA samples and fingerprints.

"We want everyone to gain knowledge about crime prevention, as well as programs and resources to assist parents in providing for their children's needs," said Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard.

There will be a disc jockey at the event. Dancers from Dance Works Unlimited will provide entertainment. Food is free, but you must attend the workshops in order to eat.

"That's our whole focus – the safety of our children," said Charlene McGriff, executive director of Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, one of the event sponsors. "I think it's turning out to be a great annual event."

Child Safety Day is also sponsored by Adopt-A-Leader, American Red Cross, Children's Council, Christian Services, Community Relations Committee, Counseling Services of Lancaster, Dance Works Unlimited, Family Promise, Fatherhood Project, First Steps, Founders Federal Credit Union, Gear Up, Greater New Hope Association, Guardian ad Litem, Health Wellness, Kiwanis Club, Lancaster County EMS, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Lancaster Fire Department, The Lancaster News, Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County School District, LearnTV, Learning Institute for Tomorrow, The Listening Center, Parents for Public Schools, Partners for Youth, Reading for Ryan, Lancaster County Red Cross, Research and Development, Safe Schools Healthy Students, S.C. Highway Patrol, See Lancaster, Southside Adult Family Literacy, Speak Up Prints, Springs Memorial Hospital, State Farm, United Way of Lancaster, Universal Karate Studios, Walking for Ryan and Woodmen of the World.