GALENA - The Galena Masonic Lodge will sponsor a National Child Identification Program during Galena Days, Saturday, June 2, at 210 Joplin Street, Galena, Kansas.

The program is a community service initiative dedicated to changing these statistics by providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children. The Child ID Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on ID cards that are then kept at home by the parent or guardian. If ever needed, the Child ID Kit will give authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child.

Quick Facts: In America each year 800,000+ children go missing in America each year, 450,000 children run away, 300,000 children are abducted by family members, more than 58,000 are abducted by non-family members, 60 percent of persons suffering from Alzheimer's exhibit wandering behavior. At any given time there are as many as 100,000 active missing persons' cases ongoing in the US and many, if not most, do not receive media coverage or headlines they deserve.

The Chips program offers an ID kit that allows the parents to take home and keep in case a child becomes missing or abducted. The kit includes information of the child such as height, weight, eye color, hair color, fingerprint, hair sample, DNA swab, a section to place a current photo and any other ID.

The S.E.A.T. Program is a concept that came to fruition in early 2014 and continues to expand today! The idea was born when Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Corporal Justin Noel teamed up with the Columbus USD #493 S.A.F.E. (Seatbelts Are For Everyone)Committee and they determined that there was a need for a fun, yet educational program to teach elementary students about the importance of seatbelts. Having no program already in place, Corporal Noel worked with the school and other local partners and turned a used driver's seat from a 2012 Yukon into The Original S.E.A.T., which was an immediate hit with elementary kids and parents!

The S.E.A.T. Program now offers seven programs and will be at the Galena Lodge with the following programs. The Don't text and drive Simulator Bus. This bus is built to teach the dangers of texting and driving. Constructed with two driving simulators with six flat screen TVs, the participants experience a real effect of sight, sound and feel. Once the driver gets comfortable driving the course the operator will text the driver and the driver will notice how their driving behavior changes when they text and drive. This program is for new drivers to adults.

The Musical Seatbelt Chair: This game is targeted for kids pre-K through 6th grades. The musical seatbelt chairs are fun and educational way to teach about seatbelts. Once the music stops the children have to buckle their seatbelt and the first one to do so wins.

They will also have Child Passenger Safety Technicians for anyone who would like to have their car sets checked. They will have free car seats on site for those who qualify.