NEA Spring Expo set for Saturday

NEA Spring Expo set for Saturday

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The fifth annual Northeast Arkansas Spring Expo will be held Saturday, May 14, at Turtle Creek Mall.

The expo features information on family security, according to Bill Campbell, director of communications for the city of Jonesboro. Fingerprinting, ID cards, and a car-seat clinic will be provided.

While parents learn how to protect their children, kids can meet Smokey the Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog.

A special section for kids will be set up near the food court. There will also be karate and cheer demonstrations in the middle of the mall.

Fire, police and sheriff's department vehicles will be on hand for show and tell with the kids, and Hospital Wing, the helicopter ambulance service, will fly in to greet the kids.

FEMA, SMART 911, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the state Attorney General will also have booths at the event.

"We are continuing our efforts with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Morgan Nick Foundation," Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said. "Last year we fingerprinted more than 500 kids, and the fingerprints will be on the child ID card so parents can have a DNA sample, lock it away, and if something ever happens, they would have that information for police."

Home and garden vendors have been added to this year's expo, "because we wanted to provide something for adults," Presley said.

Everything is free and door prizes will be provided.

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