April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

April 2, 2014

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the children of the Buffalo Creek Memorial Library’s Preschool Story Hour raised the flag that will be flown throughout the month of April.

Americore worker, Jennifer Bartram presented the children with blue and silver pinwheels that they planted around the flagpole. The children’s craft for the day was paper dolls depicting the children on the flag.

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website, April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

The website says the majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that can be preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive. A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support, and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to foster nurturing families and healthy children. For more information, visit the website nctsn.org.

Story hour meets every Tuesday at noon at the library. Bring your preschoolers and join the fun.