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WPD, NCSO work with National Child Safety Council to distribute information

National Child Safety Council Safety Coordinator Kim Hiscox (from left), Worthington Director of Public Safety Troy Appel and WPD School Liaison Officer Dan Brouillet (right), are treated to some air-guitar-playing antics by Safetypup (a costumed Nobles County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick, Monday morning at the Prairie Justice Center in Worthington. (Beth Rickers/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Kim Hiscox, area safety coordinator with the National Child Safety Council, visited Worthington Monday to kick off the annual campaign to provide safety awareness materials to area children.

The Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with the National Child Safety Council for 54 years, targeting children age 4-18 with materials that offer information on child safety, farm safety and crime prevention. But the program also goes beyond the community’s youngest citizens.

“These materials are distributed in our schools, at the county fair and through public safety presentations,” explained Worthington Director of Public Safety Troy Appel. “The program also provides materials for adults and senior citizens in the community. These materials feature vital information, specifically for these age groups, about safety for individuals and their families.”

All the educational materials are designed by the National Child Safety Council, the oldest and largest organization devoted to child safety in the United States. The materials, which feature the character Safetypup, are provided via charitable contributions..

Local sponsors are needed to continue to provide such materials for the coming year. Contributions are tax-deductible; checks made out to the National Child Safety Council can be mailed to Safetypup Program, Nobles County Sheriff, Prairie Justice Center, 1530 Airport Road, Worthington 56187.

For more information, go to nationalchildsafetycouncil.org.