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Douglas County celebrates Children's Day
More than 50 people filled the Douglas County Government Center atrium today/Thursday to celebrate the children in the community. Brad Phenow reports.
The celebration included government officials, school children, parents, and local organizations who are making efforts to put an end to child abuse. Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank says it’s important to focus on the positives.
“It’s our annual effort to bring people together and celebrate the good things that are going on in Superior and Douglas County that will benefit our kids.”
Douglas County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Finn wants to see child abuse numbers go down.
“In 2013 Douglas County Department of Human Services received 1,229 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. They conducted 353 initial assessments and 533 child victim safety assessments and offered services to 119 families.”
However Finn says it is important to point out what the children are doing positively in our community.
“I proclaim April 3rd, 2014 “Celebrate Children Day” in Douglas County as well as recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Douglas County.”
The event also highlighted student winners for the “my feelings matter” poster contest. Kia Munsterman is the 5th Grade winner from Great Lakes Elementary. She says she won the award for the second year in a row.
“I won the art contest for the “my feelings matter” theme. Almost kind of like bullying, because mine said “What if I told you it hurt.”
Students from Heidi Carswell’s kindergarten class at Cathedral Elementary also made posters.
“What are you guys doing here? Say that hands are not for hitting, and say what hands are for.”
Members from Douglas County Social Services were also honored for their hard work and Assistant District Attorney Ruth Kressel was awarded with the “Friend of a Child Award.”
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