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‘Fighting Chance’ program set for April


During April Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe will preview its anti-abduction program, “A Fighting Chance,” for parents and interested community members.

Every year more than 5,000 stranger abductions take place. Jaycee Lee Dugard was one such child, when at the age of 11 she was abducted on June 10, 1990, by two strangers while walking to a school bus stop at South Lake Tahoe. She has never been seen again.

In 1997 Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe in cooperation with Jaycee’s mother, Terry Probyn, and local law enforcement developed a cohesive program to empower fifth-grade children to assist in their own safety. The program was expanded in its second year to include fourth-graders. This spring a third-grade curriculum will be launched and in the fall a sixth-grade component. The classroom instruction takes place during April and May in Lake Tahoe Unified and Douglas County school districts.

Several information sessions will be presented to preview the “Fighting Chance” program. These presentations will provide safety skills for younger children and their families. The hour-long presentations will take place at local elementary school and families are encouraged to attend whichever evening is most convenient for them, not necessarily at their own child’s school.

All sessions will begin at 7 p.m. at the following schools:

Al Tahoe Elementary School, April 2; Bijou Community School, April 3; Meyers Elementary School, April 5; Tahoe Valley Elementary School, April 24; and Sierra House Elementary School, April 26.

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