Monday, October 28, 2013

November Schedule for Women's Self-Defense and Pre-Skill Children's Classes

  • 5184 1/2 E. Winnemucca BLVD Unit B
  • Winnemucca, Nevada 89445

If Your Child is Missing...


If Your Child Is Missing...


When three young women, missing for a decade or more, were found recently in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob and Gay Smither rejoiced along with the relieved parents and all families who have had missing children. As founders of the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center Foundation for Missing Children, the Smithers had previously contacted the parents of Gina DeJesus (one of the three women recently found in Cleveland, Ohio), and they knew that this miraculous recovery would give hope to parents of missing children everywhere, especially if their children may have been missing for “ten, twenty, or even 30 years.”

When parents are initially faced with such a personal catastrophe, the advice the Smithers give is on the front page of their website:

1. Don't Wait
2. Call 911
3. Create a
Missing Child Flyer
4. See the LRC Search Manual

Every year, police receive about 800,000 reports of missing children. Approximately 400,000 of these are runaways, and such a large number overwhelms law enforcement. Other children are missing for benign reasons or are taken by family members. The children in the most immediate danger are those taken by strangers — over 30 each day in the United States. For these cases of true, non-family abductions, immediate community action is urgent. According to Bob Smither, “Community action must create a Triangle of Trust among law enforcement, the community, and the missing child’s family. Law enforcement must be sensitized to the urgency of action in cases of the relatively rare non-family abduction. And the community concerned about this family must immediately be organized into a large-scale ground search that includes billboards, candlelight vigils, and other forms of community action.”

The Smithers learned these necessary procedures for community action through the excruciatingly painful experience of losing a child to a society that is now widely afflicted with moral and spiritual sickness. “Laura Smither, a 12 year-old girl, was abducted on April 3, 1997, while jogging close to her home in Friendswood, Texas. Over 6,000 people took part in a massive nationwide search. Her body was found on April 20, 1997. On April 23, she would have been 13 years old."

Since 1997, the Laura Recovery Center has helped more than 1,500 families across the nation in the search for their missing children. In more than 100 large-scale ground searches for abducted children, the results are that in about one-third of these searches, the child is found, in about one-third, the child’s body is recovered, and in about one-third, the cases are still open.

This reporter asked Bob Smither, “How often does the perpetrator of the abduction participate in the community search?” While Smither acknowledged that this is precisely what had happened in one of the Cleveland, Ohio, searches almost 10 years ago, there are no reliable statistics on this possibility, and therefore it is mandatory that the search organizers obtain “a picture ID of everybody who comes through the door,” and that these IDs must then be passed on to law enforcement.

Written by T. Dan Tolleson

AVA-CASA and Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center Unite Against Bullying!

AVA-CASA and Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center Unite Against Bullying!

UNITY DAY 2013 — Wednesday, Oct. 9


The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER and AVA-CASA’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October.


October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Here are some facts: -More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied. Bullying directly affects a student’s ability to learn. Students who are bullied find it difficult to concentrate, show a decline in grades, and lose self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.  Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students.  In some cases, bullying has led to devastating consequences, such as school shootings and suicide.  Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid that they will be the next target.


Bullying is a community wide issue that must no longer be ignored or thought of as a rite of passage. Students, parents, and educators all have a role in addressing bullying situations and changing school culture.


The two keys to creating change are: increasing awareness that bullying has lifelong impact, and giving people the tools they need to respond effectively.  Students can be especially effective in bullying intervention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes. Student education of how to address bullying for peers is critical, as is the support of adults. 

What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about students who are bullied and want bullying to end, make your color ORANGE on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 9. That’s the day everyone can link together—in schools, communities and online—and send one large, ORANGE message of support to students who have experienced bullying.


Silence is no longer an acceptable response to bullying. Adults, students, and educators can no longer look away when they see bullying. Ignoring it won’t work. Everyone needs to be empowered with options to respond. Remember, the end to bullying begins with me- and YOU.


For more information, please visit Pacer’s website at: and AVA-CASA at