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Safety information for children and parents available at Mighty Machines

AMERICUS — Recently, the Junior Service League of Americus announced plans for its new spring fundraiser, Mighty Machines: A Family Safety and Learning Expo, which will be held April 26th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department Sports Complex on Hwy. 19.

The Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) and the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute’s (GTIPI) Rollover Simulator will be on site at the event.

The GACHIP, a statewide gift from the Freemasons of Georgia, is one of the most comprehensive Child Recovery, Identification, and Abduction Awareness programs offered to parents in Georgia. This 10-15 minute multi-station process will allow each child with paid admission to participate in a valuable tool that has helped identify more than 86,000 children.

GACHIP provides parents with a small computer disk that includes a complete set of digital fingerprints, full color digital photographs, DNA and scent information, as well as notes regarding other distinguishing features, such as hair and eye color or scars. Such information is crucial in the event of abduction or need for Amber Alert.

GTIPI’s Rollover Simulator was donated by to the University of Georgia by the Ford Motor Company. This machine demonstrates a rollover accident, which is one of the most deadly of all car crashes. Through injury prevention and education, GTIPI aims at reducing the number of injuries and crashes while focusing on seat belt safety. Its education program now includes a major focus on child safety seats, teen driving and senior driving.

Tickets are $5 per person (children age 1 year and under are free) and are available for purchase from active league members during the month of April or at the gate the day of the event.

For more information, please see the event page on Facebook (Americus Jr. Service League’s Mighty Machines) or email JSLmightymachines@gmail.com.