POTEAU–For the seventh year, communities are encouraged to participate and take action for children by simply “Building a blue ribbon tree for kids” and display the trees during the month of April.
The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that all of us have responsibility in helping protect our children not only in April, but year round.
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention month, a special event will take place on the lawn of the LeFlore County Courthouse this year. On April 2 starting at 9 a.m.., there will be a Child Abuse Prevention Fair with booths and activities for children.
Starting at 11 a.m., there will be a Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Walk from the courthouse lawn and ending at Community State Bank. where hot dogs will be provided.
LeFlore County Health Department wants everyone to focus on the small positive actions that each of us can take to help raise safe and healthy children.
Community events like this one will help to raise awareness throughout our county. Agencies involved are: LeFlore County Health Department, LeFlore County Child Advocacy Center, Women’s Crisis Center, DHS, Choctaw Nation, D&D Counseling Services, Poteau Police Department, Grace Cottage and KiBois.
Also during the month of April, LeFlore County Health Department will give blue ribbons out to children to tie on the trees when they leave. There will also be a blue ribbon tree at the courthouse. Some of the agencies including the LeFlore County Health Department Children First nursing staff will be conducting activities in area schools.
For more information, contact Misty Lacy, R.N., Children First Lead Nurse, LeFlore County Health Department (918) 647-8601.