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Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office offers free self-defense course for children

ELKHART, Ind. — This June, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a free self-defense and safety course for children ages four to 12.

The goal of the self-defense program, taught by Detective Norma Alber, is to teach children realistic physical skills and core safety values.

The fun, activity-based course will be taught at the Elkhart County Health Department and occur over four consecutive classes from June 17-20. Each day, classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Students will be taught life-saving skills such as dog safety, how to call 911, basic self-defense techniques and more.

The final class will be physically active and provide hands-on situations where attendees will practice real-life scenarios. The event will end with a graduation ceremony.

Children must be accompanied by no more than two parents or caregivers through all four sessions.

Prior to taking the first class, a release form must be filled out and submitted to organizers.

Event organizers say every child is deserving of a safer life.

A limited number of spots are available. For registration and additional information contact Bette Blough by phone at 574-891-2341 or email at bblough@elkhartcountysheriff.com.

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