Top Teachers To Be Recognized with The Ultimate Classroom Makeover
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) (NCMEC) announced today the launch of the first annual Got 2B Safe! Awards Program. Designed to recognize those teachers who are helping to keep children safer from abduction and sexual exploitation, the program will reward five grand prize winners with free classroom makeovers from professional designers worth as much as $7,500 each. More than 100 other winners will receive gift certificates for school supplies worth from $50 to $1,000. The Got 2B Safe! Awards Program runs until December 31, 2005.
"It is crucial to arm our children with positive, empowering skills to help them recognize and avoid certain situations," said Tom Buckmaster, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "By participating in the Got 2B Safe! Awards Program, teachers have a powerful opportunity to help children, parents and guardians become smarter about personal safety."
Honeywell and NCMEC developed Got 2B Safe! to educate eight to ten year olds and their families on how to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation. The 2005 Got 2B Safe! Awards Program invites teachers to submit brief lesson plans emphasizing Got 2B Safe's! rules for personal safety. Participants can log on to www.honeywell.com/got2bsafe for more information about the contest and to submit their lesson plans.
"Nothing is more important than personal safety for children," said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. "We are proud to be teaming up with Honeywell on the Got 2B Safe! Awards Program to encourage classrooms and communities to focus on ways to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation."
In 2003, Honeywell partnered with NCMEC to address the issue of child safety by arming teachers, parents, and guardians with tools to help keep children safer. Got 2B Safe! materials have been sent to every school with a third grade classroom in the United States, reaching an estimated 5 million elementary school students.
The Got 2B Safe! program provides four simple rules for children to follow with the help of their families and teachers. Additional information is available at www.honeywell.com/got2bsafe.
Got 2B Safe! Four Rules:
1. Check First -- Children should always check with parents and guardians
before accepting gifts, rides or invitations from anyone, including
friends, acquaintances and people they don't know.
2. Go With a Friend -- Simple and straightforward -- never go anywhere
alone. Being with another person in public is safer and more fun.
3. It's My Body -- Anyone who violates the sanctity of a child's body or
threatens or attempts to do so is committing a crime. Tell your
children it is okay to say "NO!"
4. Tell a Trusted Adult -- Teach your children to TELL a trusted adult --
parent, guardian, teacher, etc. -- if anyone or anything makes them
feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.
The Got 2B Safe! child safety program is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's community outreach initiative which focuses on three issues of vital importance: Family Safety and Security; Housing and Shelter; and Science and Math Education. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. Honeywell also partners with NASA on FMA Live!, a hip hop science education program; and Rebuilding Together on home revitalization projects for low-income homeowners.
About Honeywell International
Honeywell International is a $26 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; specialty chemicals; fibers; and electronic and advanced materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as a national clearinghouse for information and a resource for child protection. It works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC's congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 335,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 116,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 94,000 children. For more information about NCMEC, please visit www.missingkids.com/ or call 1-800-THE-LOST.
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