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May 26, 2024

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Get Involved for Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Cannon Runs for Children 5K is Saturday, April 6; the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children in Murfreesboro is Friday, April 26.

Support child abuse victims and drug endangered children this April with the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County.

“National Child Abuse Prevention Month is more than just raising awareness about the reality of child maltreatment,” says Community Education Coordinator Presley Hosford. “It’s about taking action to eliminate it. Every April, the Child Advocacy Center hosts events to celebrate Child Abuse Prevention month.”

Here’s some actions and events you can do to show your support during Child Abuse Prevention Month:

Wear Blue

The color blue is a symbol of child abuse prevention and serves as a reminder that it is an adult’s responsibility to protect the children in the community.

Blue Pinwheels

Blue pinwheels are a symbol of child abuse prevention. Display them at your home, church, or business to show your support of child victims.

Darkness to Light Child Abuse Prevention Training

The training empowers adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Every adult in Tennessee is a mandatory reporter and needs to know how to report abuse. It is a community effort to keep our children safe, and it starts with YOU. The Child Advocacy Center provides Darkness to Light training free of charge.

Cannon Runs for Children 5K

Attend the event on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, TN 37190. Registration starts at 6:45 a.m., opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m., and the run/walk begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 seniors (65+), $10 for students ages 13-18, $5 for students under age 13. Scholarships are available for children and youth.

Hometown Heroes Walk for Children

The event will be held on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza. Complimentary shuttles will run from Oakland’s Park (427 Roberts Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130) to Civic Plaza from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration will start at 10:45 a.m., opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m., the walk will begin at 12 noon, and conclude with a complimentary picnic lunch at Oakland’s Park Pavilion.

For more information, visit cacrutherford.org/events.

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.