Article written by Mary Metten, Health and Well-being Extension Educator.
Originally published in the Kenosha News.
Everyone can agree that this will be an April like no other.
Some people are on their second or third week of readjusting a lot of their normal existence and previously planned lives. Schedules have been shifting and a lot of creative solutions continue to come to be in our personal and professional roles.
One thing that does remain in April is it being the National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
In 1983, the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month was proclaimed in April by President Ronald Reagan. This came after the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week occurred in 1982 during the month of June.
Kenosha’s Turn the Town Blue Campaign
In light of the necessary modifications for April 2020, the Turn the Town Blue Campaign’s lead organization, Prevention Services Network (PSN), is continuing to promote the awareness month and engage with the community at large.
New ways to participate
To find updated information, visit the Turn the Town Blue Campaign’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TTTBKENO/ to view what has changed and ‘Like’ the page to continue to see new posts throughout April.
For example, an ongoing, annual event has been the Strong Family Awards dinner; although the event will not be held this year, the Turn the Town Blue Campaign is still seeking nominations of families for the Strong Family Awards. Visit https://tinyurl.com/qtmctnh for more information about the award and to submit a nomination for a family (or several) in our community.
Aside from engaging in the campaign’s organized activities, still keep the awareness month in mind by doing things such as: Making a point to check in on families you know through phone or virtual methods, finding ways to ‘Go Blue’ in April by decorating windows and sidewalks with messages for strong families, discovering different ways to connect with your child, and keeping everyone safer at home.