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Friday, May 1, 2009

Child Quest: Education Works

On Tuesday, March 31st, at approximately 3:15 PM, there may have been an attempt by two adult males to lure children into a car. One of the children participated in a radKIDS child safety program taught at a local school by Child Quest Director of Programs and Outreach, Anthony Gonzalez. Here is what 4th grade teacher and former Child Quest employee, Lindsey Elrite, had to say:

On Tuesday one of my students (who participated in radKIDS), her 6 year old brother, and a student from another class were walking home together after school, as usual. Very near the school, at Welch Park, a Hispanic male approached the children and started speaking to them in Spanish, which they could not understand. The man had a beer can in his hand and was slurring his words, lurching after them. My student had to basically carry her little brother to get away. Then, the Hispanic male signaled to his friend, who was waiting in the car and the two men chased the children for a very short distance. The children, obviously frightened, began to run to the park where they saw a group of adults and reported the men. Luckily, all three children managed to escape as the men quickly gave up. My student told me about the incident the next day. When I asked her how she knew what to do, she told me that she was "just running to the 'safe zone.'" WOW!!!!! I knew we did radKIDS for a reason!!!

The San Jose Police Department was notified and is investigating the report.

At Child Quest, we train hundreds of kids each year using the radKIDS program model. Through radKIDS training, children become empowered, learning to replace the fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous situations with smart choices, confidence, personal safety skills, and self-esteem. Through this hands-on educational program the lives of children are being saved.

radKIDS is just one of the nationally recognized programs in Child Quest's successful Our Kids Are Safe Kids prevention education toolbox. We use NetSmartz and Web Wise Kids to teach Internet safety, and Milk Cartons: The Way Back Home for abduction prevention education.