Communities promote safe kids

The master-planned communities of Providence and Mountain’s Edge are teaming up with The KlaasKids Foundation to conduct a Print-A-Thon Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to providing parents an opportunity to fingerprint their children and gather other information that may safeguard them in the future, the event will provide each community with activities the entire family can enjoy.

The free KlaasKids Print-A-Thon will be administered by trained professionals working in conjunction with The KlaasKids Foundation and is designed to express the importance of keeping children’s records updated. The event is sponsored by Mountain’s Edge and Providence, both developments of the Focus Property Group, and Southwest Airlines.

Children as young as 1 month can participate, and all parents with children participating will receive do-it-yourself DNA kits and a nine-point plan in case of an emergency.

“Events like the Print-A-Thon help parents better understand how it’s of critical importance to maintain complete information on their children,” said Marc Klaas, the founder of KlaasKids, the nonprofit organization that’s coordinating the Print-A-Thon at both communities. “Each year, 850,000 kids are reported missing in the U.S. and it is in everyone’s best interest to have all the necessary information on hand, so that everything and anything can be done to help find children and bring them home safely.”

The events will include appearances by children’s characters such as Strawberry Shortcake, Deputy Drip from the Las Vegas Valley Water Authority, Mr. McGruff and Spongee. There also will be food and refreshments available, as well as live radio broadcasts from 102.7-FM and 104.3-FM. The first 100 families at each location will receive a special gift from the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

The Mountain’s Edge event will be held at the community’s Exploration Park, which is located on Buffalo Drive south of Blue Diamond Road. The Print-A-Thon at Providence will be held at the master plan’s information center, located on Hualapai Road just north of Interstate 215, the Las Vegas Beltway.

Klaas will speak at Mountain’s Edge at 10 a.m. and at Providence at 1 p.m. According to Klaas, providing a venue where parents can maintain complete and accurate information on children in a setting that is both fun and educational is the goal of the Print-A-Thons.

“We’re honored to have Marc Klaas and his foundation bring an event like this to our communities, as it not only helps our residents, but also the community at large,” said Deonna Stocker, manager of Mountain’s Edge and Providence information centers. “The Print-A-Thons offer parents the opportunity to gather data of critical importance while also providing a fun community-wide event for everyone to enjoy.”

Klaas travels through the United States visiting communities, facilitating townhall meetings and encouraging innovative solutions and proven programs to positively impact issues of crime, abuse and neglect. Since its inception, KlaasKids has helped parents gather complete information on more than 1 million children.

For more information about Mountain’s Edge, visit the development’s Home Search Café, located at the community’s entrance on Buffalo Drive and Blue Diamond Road, or visit mountainsedge.com.

The Café is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and can be reached at 898-5777.

Builders include Amstar Homes, Avante Homes, Beazer Homes, D.R. Horton, Engle Homes, KB Home, Kimball Hill Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, R/S Development, Ryland Homes, Toll Brothers, Warmington Homes Nevada and Woodside Homes. Other builders, including Astoria Homes and StoryBook Homes, are expected to begin sales in the coming months.

There are 15 home builders participating in Providence, which features a classic American theme.

To learn more, visit the community’s information center, which is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or call 433-5084.

Home builders actively selling at Providence include Avante Homes, Beazer Homes, KB Home, Kimball Hill Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, Ryland Homes, Toll Brothers, Warmington Homes Nevada and Woodside Homes. Home builders including Astoria Homes, Fairview Residential, and R/S Development are expected to begin offering homes by the end of the year.

To learn more about the master plan developer, visit focuspropertygroup.com.

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