|Masons and Troopers look to keep kids safe through CHIP|
|Saturday, 25 August 2012 15:13|
While some in Rapid City run to remember others were making sure small details aren't forgotten when it comes to your children's safety. The Mason's Grand Lodge of South Dakota, along with the South Dakota Highway Patrol sponsored the CHIP or Child Identification Program at the Rushmore Mall Saturday afternoon. Volunteers take dental impressions, DNA swabs and pictures of children, so parents have all the information readily available if needed. Jack Welker, Master of Mason's Lodge 220, says, "All of this goes on a disk and it's handed to the parents, we keep nothing. And if something should happen, this disc can be taken to the police department, sheriff's department, wherever, and it can go on an Amber Alert."
Trooper Clayton Heinrich says, "And a portion of this today is called Take 25. And what it is is 25 different steps or 25 different points parents need to have along with their kids to make children safer. Especially with going back to school right now, a portion of this Take 25 program is talk with your kids about who they need to ride with and who they don't need to ride with."
More information on the Take 25 program can be found at www.Take25.org
Saturday's CHIP services were provided free of charge.