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The Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) program of Lutheran Social Services provides child abuse prevention lessons to students in preschool, kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grades in Racine and Kenosha county public, private and parochial schools.

SCAN teaches children to know what abuse is, what to do if it happens, and how to get help. SCAN also discusses stranger safety with younger children and older students get information about social media safety including cyberbullying, Internet predators and sexting. Above all, SCAN wants children to realize that abuse is never the fault of the child. SCAN programs have been in the community for more than 35 years and touched the lives of more than 12,000 children during the 2017-2018 school year. Chances are you, your children or grandchildren have participated in SCAN lessons at school.

Cones for Kids

There is a fun and delicious way the public can help. SCAN will hold its eighth annual fundraiser called SCAN’s Cones For Kids from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main St. Funds raised will help get SCAN into more classrooms so children can benefit from the important safety messages.

Those attending will sample mini-cones from some of the area’s ice cream, custard and gelato shops. Culver’s, Divino Gelato, Georgie Porgie’s, Sugar Shack and Chocolate Shoppe have all donated unique flavors of their products that guests can taste and vote for their favorite to win the SCAN’s Golden Scoop Award.

Celebrity scoopers who will be dishing out the treats include Rodney Prunty from the United Way of Racine County, Rep. Greta Neubauer, TV news personality Kimberly Kane and Mrs. Wisconsin Michelle Weisheim. Entertainment will be provided by Big Balloon Tycoon and Guardians of the Children. Crafts will be available with RAM on the Road.

Tickets cost $7.50 in advance or $10 at the door. There is no charge for children ages 2 and younger. This price includes a mini cone from each of the vendors, craft projects and balloon art for each child. There will also be dozens of silent auction prizes for children and families including festival tickets, sporting event tickets, and activity and attraction passes. Want more? There will also be gift cards and merchandise from local restaurants and businesses. For a complete list of the auction items, go to conesforkids.blogspot.com" target="_blank">conesforkids.blogspot.com.

Bring your family! Bring your friends! Bring your appetite! Space is limited to 350 guests and advance tickets are recommended. Advance tickets are available at conesforkids.blogspot.com or contact Karen Fetherston at 262-619-1633 or via email at karen.fetherston@lsswis.com.

Aurora Health Care, Educator’s Credit Union, Carthage College, Thrivent, GardTec, Carpetland USA, MHS Health Wisconsin, Wells Brothers, and Rogan’s Shoes are sponsors of this unique, family friendly event.

Want to support SCAN? You can mail charitable contributions to the SCAN office at 2000 Domanik Drive, 4th Floor, Racine, WI 53404.

For more information on SCAN and how to get involved, call the SCAN office at 262-619-1633.

SCAN is funded by the United Way of Racine County, the United Way of Kenosha County, Potawatomi Bingo Casino Heart of Canal Street, as well as through private donations from local churches, schools, individuals and businesses.

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