April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2017, the Round Lake Area Exchange Club asked the community to support efforts to raise awareness asking them to wear blue in April. The Blue Ribbon Campaign originated in 1989 as a grandmother’s tribute to her grandson, who died as a result of abuse. She wrapped a blue ribbon around her car antenna as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the dangers of child abuse. The campaign has spread across the nation and, each year the National Exchange Club observes Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with its Believe in the Blue Campaign.
The Believe in the Blue campaign reaches families across the nation with positive parenting tips. Exchange believes parents have the power to make positive parenting choices in the lives of their children. Helping to create strong, healthy families plays an important role in the prevention of child abuse.
The Round Lake Area Exchange Club raised funds to purchase “Time Out Teddies” to donate to our local police and fire departments. A Time Out Teddy is a stuffed bear that is given to a child in distress as a form of comfort.
For additional information about Child Abuse Prevention, go to http://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/cap/.
To report child abuse and neglect, call 1-800-25ABUSE.