Children’s safety forum to be held Wednesday |

Children’s safety forum to be held Wednesday

Ensuring the safety of South Shore’s children requires community effort.

Various agencies have joined forces to provide a safety forum to inform parents and community members of strategies and communication skills to keep Tahoe’s kids safe.

Safe Kids – Safe Community is scheduled for Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the South Tahoe High School Little Theater.

Topics for the evening will include:

n An update on the community’s recent events by Police Chief Brad Bennett and county sheriffs Ron Pierini and Hal Barker.

n How to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance use and gang affiliation.

n How to communicate with your child and successful strategies you can use.

n How to give your kids “A Fighting Chance” program by Soroptimist International.

Get away right away is the focus of A Fighting Chance, a program that teaches South Shore fourth- and fifth-graders skills to escape predators.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s Lisa Huard and officer Paul Huard of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, organized the forum to increase community awareness.

“We need to work together,” Paul Huard said. “Sharing information and sharing responses, collaborative efforts are what we need. When we work alone we’re not as strong as when we work together as a community.”

Child Care will be provided at the forum by the Police Department Explorer group, as well as simultaneous interpretation.

Spanish-speaking members of the community will be given headphones which will allow them to receive information through a Spanish interpreter while viewing the presentations.

There will also be transportation provided by the STAGE, from Bijou Community School to STHS and back. The bus leaves at 6:30 p.m.

“I hope our community comes out for this,” Lisa Huard said. “I love this community and I want this to remain a safe, wonderful environment for kids. I think working together, we can make that happen.”

The Huards expressed the importance of community attendance at the forum.

“We would love for parents to bring a friend, someone who might not have come,” said Lisa Huard, who hopes community response will pave the way for more forums. “They don’t have to have a kid in this town to come. This is just the first step. We want to see what the community needs.”

Those attending the forum will receive a Parent Toolbox with safety information and resources.

For more information, call Lisa Huard at (530) 541-2850.

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