Cyclists prepare for Syracuse, NY Ride for Missing Children in midst of Amish girls’ kidnapping |

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When two Amish girls were abducted earlier this month in the town of Oswegatchie, many Central New Yorkers wondered what they could do to help, said Chris Arnold.

Arnold is the director of the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children, which raises funds to support the fieldwork of the Upstate New York office of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and educate children on ways to stay safe.

“This ride is how you can help,” Arnold said.

The Syracuse Ride for Missing Children is a 100-mile bicycle ride that makes stops at local schools to help teach elementary and middle school students about ways to stay safe. Nine Central New York schools will participate in the ride and receive internet safety training from an education specialist in September. The cyclists will make stops at five of the schools and ride by four other schools.

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Free Child Safety Identification Wristbands for Schools

Since it’s that time of year for class trips, we’re giving away free child safety identification wristbands to schools while supplies last. Wristbands are disposable, constructed of Tyvek and manufactured by Precision Dynamics/VIP Band. These are ideal for a class trip setting where a single chaperon is responsible for a large group of children.

To request your free wristbands, please do the following:

  1. Go to the Contact tab located on the home page or click here.
  2. Provide your name, facility name and facility address (note, residential addresses will not be accepted.  Must be a school, day care, camp, etc. with U.S. address).
  3. Provide desired quantity (please keep to a reasonable classroom size).

Within 24 hours, you’ll receive a confirmation email indicating your order is being processed and then a second email once shipped. Wristbands will be given away on a first come, first serve basis. Stay safe!