Stallings one step closer to making radKIDS a reality

STALLINGS – After completing a fundraiser in early October, Stallings is one step closer to offering residents a new child safety program, radKIDS, which empowers children and teaches them self defense.

Town Manager Brian Matthews said the next step is determining how successful the golf fundraiser was in terms of cash.

“We are looking to see if we generated enough revenue to cover the cost of the program,” Matthews said. “If we did, our police chief will be working to implement the program by the spring of 2013.”

RadKIDS, a nationally recognized child safety program partnered by Elizabeth Smart’s Foundation, teaches children to be aware of their surroundings and how to respond swiftly and appropriately if approached or attacked. The program is based on muscle memory and brain learning theories, where children learn best through movement and repetition rather than talks and lectures, according to a town news release.

Matthews said the police department is in favor of the program, and is working hand in hand with the town to bring it to fruition. The golf fundraiser, which was discontinued in 2006, was reinstated to help raise money for the program and some other non-essential police equipment needs.

Even if the golf fundraiser was not as successful as hoped, Matthews said that is not the end of radKIDS in Stallings.

“If not, then we will work toward generating additional funds to implement the program, but it may be after spring 2013,” he said.

The amount of money earned by the fundraiser has yet to be determined.

“We hope to have our final expenses and revenues by the middle of November or sooner,” Matthews said.

For more information or questions, contact the Stallings Police Department at 704-821-0300 or visit

For more information on the radKIDS program, visit or call 508-760-2080.

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