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The program will include community gatherings to educate parents and children. The sessions will focus on child safety and the prevention of abduction and sexual exploitation.
The first event will be a remembrance ceremony, “Fort Wayne Remembers,” in honor of Alejandra Gutierrez and other local children who have been victims of violent crime. The program will include a candlelight vigil, music by South Side High School students, a poetry reading by Lindley Elementary School students, as well as free fingerprinting and ID photos for children as a way for parents and law enforcement to have fingerprints and identification of children as a safety precaution if a child becomes lost or is abducted.
The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at St. Patrick's Church, 2120 S. Harrison St. The program will be bilingual and Spanish interpreters will be available. The event is free and open to the public.
Program partners along with the Mayor's office and the Fort Wayne Police Department include: AISEDA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Center for Non Violence, Fifth Third Bank, Forth Insurance Agency,
Additional educational training opportunities will be presented to the community in 2007.