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Ride for Missing Children Teaches Safety and Mission of the Ride at District Elementary Schools

rider talks to students During the month of May, Kathy White, a longtime rider of the Ride for Missing Children, visited each of the elementary schools within the Whitesboro Central School District to talk to the students about safety and the mission of the ride. 

This year’s 23rd annual Ride for Missing Children will be held on Friday, June 7, and the riders and volunteers will once again stop at Hart’s Hill Elementary along their approximately 90-mile route.

During Kathy White’s visit to each of the elementary schools, she talked to the students about how the Ride for Missing Children was created in honor of Sara Ann Wood of Sauquoit, who was abducted in 1993 in the town of Frankfort. The ride has since grown to more than 450 riders who bring a message of safety to the schools they visit.

White also talked to the students about different safety measures, such as the importance of wearing a helmet, checking to make sure their brakes work, and always making sure they go with a friend and never alone. She also made sure that students understood the importance of telling a trusted adult if they feel unsafe, or scared, or have any other concerns, and that it’s okay to say “no” if an adult or anyone else makes them feel uncomfortable.

Students also learned more about internet safety and the importance of not giving out their personal information online, and not meeting up with anybody that they meet online.

Thank you to Kathy White for taking the time to talk to students in the Whitesboro Central School District, and for spreading the mission of the ride: “Making our children safer… one child at a time.”

Click here to view photos from Kathy White's visit at Hart’s Hill Elementary.