Thursday, April 18, 2013

15th Annual Children's Garden "Child Abuse Prevention Month" Event: Planting a Rainbow

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month and their 365 days of the year effort to prevent child abuse, The Center for Prevention of Abuse and Luthy Botanical Garden are joining Mrs. Bushong’s 2nd grade class from Pleasant Valley Elementary School on Thursday, April 25th to learn about preventing abuse through caring for ourselves, each other and the environment.

Activities will take place between 9:30 am – 11:30 am and will include how to be safe from abuse, enjoying a story, planting vegetables and flowers, making crafts and participating in “Natures Kitchen”, an educational session offered by Luthy Botanical Garden that teaches children where food comes from.

“Our hope is by exposing children to nature and showing them the love and care that goes into a garden, it will foster a greater sense of caring and peace not only for nature but for each other as well,” said Jeanne Anders, Supervisor of Prevention and Community Based Prevention Services. “Reaching children at a young age and teaching them to respect all things is an important mission at The Center for Prevention of Abuse. And, the Children’s Garden Event is a powerful exercise to reinforce that message.”

The Center has been providing violence prevention curricula for students pre-k through college in the Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford county schools since 1983, touching the lives of over 15,000 students a per year. Community presentations are also offered to parents, school staff and community groups. For more information on prevention programs, please contact Jeanne Anders at 691-0551 or email: janders@centerforpreventionofabuse.org .

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