America’s Safest Teachers Win $10,000 Classroom Makeovers and School Supplies
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., February 27, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) today announced the launch of the seventh annual “Got 2B Safe!” Classroom Makeover Awards program. The program is designed to encourage teachers at U.S. elementary schools to help their students learn valuable and potentially life-saving lessons.
While most are recovered quickly, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that an estimated 2,000 children are reported missing each day. Since 2003, Honeywell and NCMEC have worked together on Got 2B Safe!, a program that fills a critical gap – no other nationwide abduction prevention program exists for schools. The safety program focuses on educating eight- to ten-year-olds and their teachers and families on how to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation. Since the program’s inception, Got 2B Safe! has been distributed to 240,000 principals and teachers, and more than 72,000 schools in the United States – reaching an estimated five million students.
The Got 2B Safe! Classroom Makeover Awards program annually recognizes 105 teachers who develop the most creative abduction prevention lesson plans. Five winners receive a classroom makeover worth $10,000 and 100 additional teachers will win $500 worth of school supplies. Makeovers include a comprehensive redesign of their classroom with themes chosen by the teachers and materials including the Got 2B Safe! safety rules.
“Safety and security are top concerns for families everywhere, and nothing is more important than protecting our most precious and vulnerable asset – our children,” said Tom Buckmaster, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “The Got 2B Safe! program offers teachers an opportunity to arm children with positive, empowering lessons and enabling them, parents, and our local communities to be vigilant about personal safety. Honeywell has decades of experience developing and deploying technologies that keep families safe and secure and is proud to partner with NCMEC on this important initiative.”
“Teaching children about personal safety should be a priority,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. “We are excited to be working with Honeywell on the Got 2B Safe! Awards program, to educate teachers, children, and the community-at-large about how to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation.”
The Got 2B Safe! Classroom Makeover Awards program will be open until April 13, 2012. Educators can visit www.got2bsafe.com for information about the contest and to submit an essay emphasizing how they effectively taught their students the Got 2B Safe! Four Rules of Safety for a chance to win.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
The Got 2B Safe! program is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Science & Math Education, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and nonprofit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visitwww.honeywell.com/citizenship.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1984. Designated by Congress to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse, the organization has operated the toll-free, 24-hour national missing children’s hotline which has handled more than 3,472,740 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 169,840 children. The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 1,370,240 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 64,351,710 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com.