I got some very happy news by email this afternoon from a lady named Julie. Julie always sends me an email when a missing child is recovered. Today has been a sick day for me but I brought my work home so I can still be productive and I saw Julie's email with the good news. A child form Connecticut, in the USA had been missing since October 10, 2009 and was recovered. Try to imagine the happiness of that family.
Did you know that all over the world children go missing from their families? I am pretty sure it happens in your country too. It is harder to imagine anything much sadder, than to have your child taken and not know his or her whereabouts. There have been many efforts to help locate such children, from putting a photo on a milk carton, to showing them on television.
One very large company called EMCOR
has tried a different approach and it is actually working. This program is called Taking KidSafety to the Street
and involves placing removable signs on every one of the thousands of vehicles owned by the company. The sign has a photo of the child, and if known the abductor. There are names for the people and there is a large phone number to report the missing child or abductor if you see them. Each month a new set of signs is sent to me by Julie, and I give them out at my portion of EMCOR. Last July the company answered our requests to have signs for personal vehicles too. Each month we receive special signs to go on the back glass of our own vehicles if we want one. These signs can be easily read form the outside of the car buy the driver can see right through them for safety reasons. This is the logo that they use for the campaign to remind everyone about the importance of safety for children.
EMCOR is a company spanning a good part of the English speaking world. Canada, England, and the USA are probably the most prominent locations for the company. The thousands of vehicles in EMCOR’s fleet are all over most parts of these countries at construction sites, as well as public and private buildings. Hundreds of people may see the sign on one of our vehicles each day. With the help of EMCOR as well as other public and private groups 198 of these children have been recovered as of today
. For the sake of their privacy I am not printing their names or photos.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
Why might children be missing?
Held for ransom money from family (kidnapping is a word we use for this too)
Taken for some kind of slavery
One parent taking the children away illegally
To replace a dead baby, a person may steal a live one
What other reasons can you think of that may cause a child to be missing?
Can you understand the fear a family may feel if their child is lost?
with any ideas you can think of to help bring children back to their families.
VERB: To miss
To miss - to no longer find or locate. The child is missing.
Like many other English verbs it has forms that can also be used as a noun
so we will need to look at many uses and try to learn the difference. Can you think of a way that miss or forms of miss can be used as a noun?
How else can miss be used?
Are these examples below all verbs?
Miss Johnson (unmarried lady named Johnson)
To miss the target
Missing in action (military term for soldier who can not be found)
Miss the ball
To miss the flight
To miss someone
Misses sizes (in some countries a clothing size for younger/smaller women)
*Please do not miss
your chance to comment on other ways that you might use miss.