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New Program Makes Free GPS Wristbands Available To Ohio Co. Families

Posted On May 05, 2016

By Mike Perleberg

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A community effort is making GPS tracking wristbands available to Ohio County residents who need them. Ohio County Elementary School teacher Laura McClure and student Tucker Levi show off one of the wristbands. Photo courtesy Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Ohio County parents can get help keeping tabs on children or other loved ones who might wander off.

Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools Superintendent Branden Roeder says the school district, sheriff’s office, county government, and the Ohio County Community Foundation have partnered to purchase and distribute a number of GPS wristbands.

Parents of children with autism or cognitive communication disorders will be given the wristbands, which can help locate a child or adult in the event they get lost. The wristbands can be tracked using a computer or phone.

“We’re basically giving them away to help people out that have children that need them. It’s a community effort to help these parents out and, in turn, help the students out as well,” Roeder says.

Roeder says Ohio County Elementary-Middle School special education teacher Laura McClure was the driving force behind the new GPS Tracking Device Program. She led the effort after hearing from parents of the autistic students in her class about their worries that the children might wander away from their homes.

“I wanted to do something more to help keep them safe,” McClure says.

The wristbands could also become peace of mind for people who have older loved ones with Alzheimers or dementia, she adds.

Ten of the tracking wristbands are available. Ohio County residents can learn more about the by contacting McClure at the elementary school, 812-438-2626, or Annie Jo Jackson at the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, 812-438-3636.