Honeywell and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children announced this week plans to launch the sixth annual Got 2B Safe awards.
Estimates from the U.S. Department of Justice puts the number of children reported missing daily at 2,000. The Got 2B Safe program teaches elementary school students tools to avoid abduction and sexual exploitation.
The program’s basic tenants teach children there is safety in numbers, and communicating with adults is essential. It instructs kids on checking in with adults before going anywhere with anyone, and the power of saying no.
Got 2B Safe recognizes five teachers annually who develop creative lesson plans designed to teach their students safety precautions. The winning teachers receive a $10,000 classroom makeover, and 100 other teachers win $500 worth of school supplies.
“Our children are our most precious asset, and protecting them from harm is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge,” said Tom Buckmaster, president of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “The Got 2B Safe awards program affords teachers an opportunity to arm our children with positive, empowering lessons, enabling them, parents and their communities to be vigilant about personal safety.”
The Got 2B Safe awards program runs through March 25, 2011. Teachers submit an essay explaining how they’ve taught their students the program’s four rules of safety for a chance to win.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Honeywell’s corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on serving the community with family safety and security, housing and shelter, science and math education, humanitarian relief and habitat and conservation initiatives.