Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In Carlie's memory, they're working to keep children safe

Carlie Brucia was a lovely little girl, just 11-years-old in 2004 when she was snatched off a Sarasota street and murdered.

Anyone who followed the story back then can never forget the sadness and tragedy of her senseless death. Her body was dumped behind the Central Church of Christ, 6221 Proctor Road, Sarasota.

There has since been a garden developed behind the church in Carlie's memory, and the site is home to the Kids Safety Rally presented annually since 2004.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to learn personal safety skills at the seventh annual Kids’ Safety Rally presented by the Central Church of Christ and community organizations 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. The public is invited and admission is free.

"Nearly 40 community groups will provide hands-on activities and on-stage programs teaching children good personal safety habits. Activities will include training in abduction evasion by the Escape School; self-defense activities and demonstrations; bicycle, school bus, fire, and cyber safety; smoking, alcohol, and drug prevention activities; nutrition and fitness activities; games; puppet show; face painting; refreshments; and more," according to a press release from the church.

Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit future children’s safety services. Parking is available on-site, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Director Rod Myers at (941) 924-0095 or (941) 374-1818 or email safetyrally@comcast.net.


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