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During the month of April each year, the Grant County School District, together with the Grant County community, engages in special awareness campaigns focused on Child Abuse Prevention.
Step up.  Speak Out.  Together Let's Stop Child Abuse LogoLocally, several activities are planned, including:
"Light the Night" Child Abuse Proclamation Ceremony
Monday, April 23, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at Grant County High School
"Every Child Matters" Bicycle Parade
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
"Wear Blue" Day
Monday, April 23, 2018
Wear a Superhero shirt -- Be a hero for children
Friday, April 27, 2018
Nominate a hero.
Do you know someone in our community who has been an avid child advocate?  If yes, consider nominating this individual (not a police officer or social worker) for a new "Special Child Advocate Award".  Nominators should provide the name, address, and contact information for both themselves, and the nominee, together with the reason why they should be nominated. Nominations should be received by Karla Hurley by April 18, 2018.
For additional information about any of these events, please contact Karla Hurley at 859-824-9510 or karla.hurley@grant.kyschools.us.
What to be more hands on?  Consider the following:
1)  Volunteer your time with parents and children in your community.
2) Discipline your children thoughtfully -- after you are calm, and in a way that appropriately teaches you child.
3)  Examine your behavior.  Abuse is not just physical.
4)  Educate yourself and others.
5)  Teach children their rights.
6)  Support prevention programs.
7)  Know what child abuse is.
8)  Learn the signs associated with all forms of abuse.
9)  Report abuse.
10)  Invest in kids. 
(Adapted from:  https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/child-safety-and-protection/child-abuse-prevention-tips)
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky also provides guides to put your commitment to prevent child abuse into action:
Whether a business, a community leader, a family, or an individual...you can make a difference.  Please consider the suggestions made here:
The Family Nurturing Center, likewise, provides many resources and services, including "Stewards of Children" training for businesses, churches, or even adult family members.  Be a leader. Consider hosting this invaluable training event in your circle.  Check them out at:  http://familynurture.org/.
You don't have to change the world, but what if everyone saves one?   
Step Up. Speak Out.  Together, let's stop child abuse.

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