Delavan-Darien’s Madison Gordon (right), a fifth grader at Wileman Elementary School, will have her artwork on display at various Walworth County locations this spring. Wileman Principal Shawn Madden helped Gordon show off her drawing, which was chosen as one of 16 entries to be printed on banners promoting the Walworth County Alliance For Children. Above her colorful piece is the Alliance’s theme for the month of April, “We Believe In The Voice Of A Child.”
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Walworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin partnered together to create an awareness campaign of preventing child abuse and neglect in our community.
In 2014 there were 1,359 children reported for suspected abuse in Walworth County. The motto was chosen to help raise awareness to the issue.
Students in fourth through eighth grades from 18 schools throughout Walworth County were invited to participate in the Child Abuse Prevention Month Art Contest.
“This activity is designed to emphasize the importance of child abuse prevention and give children the ability to convey it to others through their art by designing flags and banners with this theme,” said Sandy Wagie-Troemel, president of the WCAC.
Winning entries, including Mason’s, were digitally reproduced on 3’ x 5’ flags that are being be made available to the participating schools and area businesses and service organizations that agree to partner with the WCAC to bring child abuse prevention awareness to the community.
“It is our goal in the month of April, to have flags flying predominately throughout Walworth County to promote our theme, ‘We Believe in the Voice of a Child,’” said Paula Hocking, Manager of the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center. “Our best defense of preventing child abuse is to come together as a community and recognize that children are our future.”
For more information contact Kathy Brown, Walworth County Alliance for Children, Phone: 262.741.1440, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Alliance For Children:
In 1989, a Children’s Court Advisory Board was created to bring together professionals from diverse disciplines, along with caring citizens, to open up communication and provide education and awareness for the public to address the growing concern of child maltreatment. Since that time, the group continued to meet monthly for 20 years, changing laws that affected children who had been abused, and developing and strengthening policies and protocols to better serve the needs of the community. As the group continued to expand, more community members became involved, and in 2009, the “Walworth County Alliance for Children” (WCAC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization was formally established.