Month of the Military Child: Children First
April 5, 2013
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (April 5, 2013) -- What do all of us have in common when it comes to children? Protecting them.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, or CAPM, and Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, has kicked off the month of activities by signing the CAPM Proclamation, March 29, at the School Age Center, here.
The colonel was surrounded by Family Advocacy Committee members and distinguished guests, the children.
The theme for Army CAPM 2013 is "Protecting Children: It's Everyone's Job." The proclamation encourages community support and participation when it comes to raising awareness of child abuse.
The proclamation also encourages Army family members to rethink ways to stay healthy and reach out for help. It asks Army families to recognize signs of distress and abusive actions and to guide those in need to the help and support that is available.
Child abuse crosses all ranks and classes; it does not discriminate. Each and every one of us is asked to make a commitment to child abuse prevention.
Activities throughout the month include an information table, a food and school supply drive, Daddy Boot Camp classes and a special play morning dedicated to child safety, called "Play it Safe."
The month of activities will culminate, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 27, with a Teddy Bear Drive at Windward Mall.
You may notice blue pinwheels throughout post, which are part of the proclamation. Pinwheels for Prevention is a campaign by Prevent Child Abuse America to change the way our nation thinks about prevention. The pinwheel is an uplifting reminder of childhood, and the bright futures all children deserve, according to Prevent Child Abuse America.
Child abuse prevention is indeed a challenge. Who can face it? It needs to be all of us.