Free classes on 'Stranger Danger' planned at Champaign Public Library

CHAMPAIGN — In response to two recent incidents of attempted child abductions in Champaign, two area organizations are offering free classes on "Stranger Danger" in September.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County and the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross are working together to offer classes on a variety of topics relating to strangers; including how to recognize a stranger, how a child should react to a stranger and behavior to watch for in strangers.

A class for pre-kindergarten-aged children will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

A second class for children ages 5 and older will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the library.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the classes with their children.

The class will be taught by Central Illinois Chapter volunteer and youth coordinator Kelly Formoso.

"One of the attempted abductions involved a child in our program," Eric Batsie, community partnership manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County said in a written release. "We felt it was urgent that we get involved to educate all area children about how they can protect themselves in these situations."

Persons interested in making reservations are asked to call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 355-2227.

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