SOURCE: KidSational, Inc

March 14, 2005 06:00 ET

Mother of Slain Child to Appear in Documentary "Eyes of America"

Vicki and Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa Beach Will Appear in Memory of Her Son Junny Rios-Martinez, a 1991 Child Abduction Victim

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 14, 2005 -- Vicki and Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa Beach will never forget that horrible day when they learned their son, Junny, an 11-year old victim of child abduction, was found murdered. They want every parent to know how to be on guard to protect children, especially when the abductor is known to them. That was the case that fateful day when Mark Dean Schwab, a then 22-year-old convicted child molester out of jail on an early release, befriended the family, then abducted Junny and later killed him. Junny loved to surf and Schwab posed as a reporter for a surfing magazine, convincing the family that he had only Junny's best interest at heart. That confidence proved to be fatal when Junny turned up missing and days later was found sexually molested and murdered. Schwab was later arrested and convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape.

"Eyes of America" is dedicated to missing and abducted children everywhere. In partnership with Child Watch of North America, KidSational, Inc. (OTC: KDSC) (www.kidsationalinc.com) and Starpower Productions, plans are underway to produce a DVD movie that anyone will be able to download at no cost. This DVD will also be donated to schools. Vicki Rios-Martinez and her husband Junny have agreed to be part of the movie that is designed to heighten awareness of this grave national problem among parents and children. "Eyes of America" is part of an organization that is asking the millions of truckers across the country to be the eyes and ears of missing and abducted children. This effort will be launched officially in April when the first of many concerts will be held in Orlando.

As part of the program, trucking companies are being asked to post a picture of a missing child on the sides of their vehicles. Some missing children have already been saved because of the watchful eyes of truckers and those traveling the nation's highways. Norman Schneider, a creator of the World's Largest Truck Convoy, is joining the group as a consultant.

Steve Ruff, President of KidSational, comments, "The 'Eyes of America' program is a direct response to the alarming frequency of child abductions across the nation. KidSational, as well and other participating organizations, wants to send a loud and clear message of awareness and zero-tolerance when it comes to these heinous crimes.

"Child Watch was formed to be proactive in reducing the number of abductions. We are proud to say that the numbers have been decreasing, and we attribute this statistic to the programs teaching parents and children how to recognize and avoid these situations. However, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done. We are happy to report that we have some new tools in our efforts to protect children through our association with KidSational, Inc. and Starpower Productions, LLC. The KidSational Guardian Safety Game is an excellent way for parents to sit down with their children and teach them in an interactive way. The DVD will be another excellent tool for parents, and we look forward to its release," stated Don Wood, founder of Child Watch of North America. Wilson Knott, CEO of Starpower Productions, added, "We are very excited about this partnership and knowing the Guardian Safety Game (www.safetygame.com) and the DVD are a very important part of the Watching Eyes of America."

Future plans include a convoy of trucks to travel from Orlando to New York City to spread the word. It will be the one of the many events planned across the country to heighten awareness among the public and help in spotting missing and abducted children nationwide. Truckers are being asked to post a large picture of a missing child on the sides of the vehicles. Many missing children have already been saved because of the watchful eyes of truckers and those traveling the nation's highways. The DVD movie will be available for release on National Missing Children's Day, May 25, 2005.

As of May 25th the DVD will be available through www.childwatch.org. This site will be posting updates on upcoming events. A reward fund is being set up at a bank to be used for truckers who find a missing child. Trucking companies wishing to participate in any of these events please e-mail kidztour@aol.com.

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