‘Building a Safe Community’ event scheduled for May 4

HOPE+RESQ, the Minnesota Department of Health and Spring Lake Park School District 16 invite parents and the general public to help them in “Building a Safe Community.”

The mission of the Building a Safe Community event Sunday, May 4, is to help parents explore what they can do to keep kids safe. Three keynote speakers, additional panelists and a variety of resources will be at Spring Lake Park High School from 3-4:30 p.m. for the event. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

The keynote speakers – Steve Fitzhugh, a former Denver Broncos player and motivational speaker; Patty Wetterling, co-founder of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center out of St. Paul and director of sexual violence prevention with the Minnesota Department of Health; and Minneapolis Police Department Sgt. Grant Snyder – will talk with parents about steps they can take with their kids to try to keep them out of harm’s way.

“If children are going to be safe, they really need a safe home,” according to Joel Sheagren, coordinator of the event and co-founder of HOPE+RESQ, a nonprofit out of Blaine dedicated to re-abolishing slavery and ending human trafficking. Safety starts at home, then spreads to neighborhoods and then the wider community, he said.

Preregistration is encouraged online at hopeandresq.org/building-a-safe-community before May 2.

Child care for kindergarten through third-graders will be provided by District 16.

Olivia Koester is at [email protected]