Child Advocacy Awareness Week – March 7th-March 10th

Child Advocacy Awareness Week
March 7 – 10
In June of 2015, “Erin’s Law” was adopted by the State of Alabama & was signed into law by Governor Bentley. “Erin’s Law” is a result of the personal crusade of Erin Merryn who was abused by a neighbor and family member for 6 ½ years. Her senior year, she began the effort to end the silence and shame surrounding abuse. The guidelines of Erin’s Law include continued education in grades K-12 of children, faculty and staff in recognizing, preventing and reporting abuse. This prevention program includes training and sessions each school year.
We are so fortunate in Shelby County to have Owens House as a resource to support our schools as we educate our students on this topic. This year, Owens House marks 23 years of service to children and families who have experienced abuse…
Our school can help by supporting Owens House in their tireless efforts to intervene, stop and prevent child abuse in our very own community. In 2015, Owen House provided over 4500 school children with safety education, conducted 345 forensic interviews, offered 865 individual counseling sessions for child victims and 622 support sessions to their caregivers.
?How can we help?
During the week of 3/7 – 3/10 we will be collecting the following items from the Owens House wishlist:
Bubbles, primary markers, play dough, bottles of finger paint, colored sidewalk chalk, cheese crackers, cookies, stress balls, air-dry clay, card stock {colored & white}, copy paper, artist canvas, nail polish, 2-pocket folders without brads, journals, coloring books, word search books, recycled used phone books, used ink cartridges, staples, pens, tape & post-it notes.
Let’s all wear blue on Thursday 3/10 to support Owens House!

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