'All About Kids' event set for May 23

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is hosting "All About Kids," an interactive educational event to commemorate National Missing Children's Day.

The event will raise awareness for missing children's issues and is geared to educate parents and kids about Internet safety, stranger-danger, fire safety and other safety issues.

"Child safety has always been a top priority for the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Our kids are our future and we take every opportunity to make sure they are educated on safety and to know that we as law enforcement are here to protect them," said NCSO Investigator Sharron Stewart. "With the cooperation of the parents, guardians, educators, and community members, we can educate our kids on how to be and stay safe."

The event will take place on Thursday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot of Game Time at 9120 Wheat St. The event is provided free to the community; however, there will be a charge for participation in Game Time activities.

The event is part of the Take 25 campaign and encourages parents, guardians, educators, community members, law enforcement and other trusted adults to take 25 minutes out of their day to talk to children about safety.

Parents or guardians should accompany children to the event and will be able to visit all booths and activity centers within an hour or two.

There will be free fingerprinting/ID kits offered (while the supply lasts); free facepainting; inflatable activities and much more.

In addition to the NCSO, other agencies participating in the event include the Newton County Fire Service, the Covington Fire Department, Newton County Juvenile Court, Newton County District Attorney's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other public safety agencies.

Refreshments will be provided.

First proclaimed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1983, National Missing Children's Day is honored annually on May 25. It serves as a 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.