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April 7, 2013

Special garden at Andrews Park will raise awareness of child abuse

NORMAN — The Norman Children’s Rights Commission in conjunction with area child abuse prevention and treatment agencies will host “A Children’s Garden: Raising Awareness for Child Abuse Prevention” from noon to 5 p.m. on April 13 at Andrews Park.

The event will celebrate childhood through art and music and draw attention to the problem of child abuse. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Participants will decorate garden plots using symbols for abuse awareness, such as pinwheels, blue ribbons and other items associated with childhood. Agencies such as Bethesda Inc., the Exchange Club of Norman, the Center for Children and Families and the Mary Abbott Children’s House will be on hand to provide information about child abuse prevention and treatment.

In addition to viewing the garden installations, children and adults will be invited to visit the art station to create a pinwheel or blue ribbon of their own to be placed in the Growing Garden, a community garden plot. Snacks will be sponsored by the city of Norman. There will be live children’s music throughout the event.

“Each year, those of us directly connected to child abuse prevention look for ways to combine our efforts for even greater awareness,” said Heidi Smith, event chair and commissioner on the Children’s Rights Commission. “The Children’s Garden offers the opportunity to raise awareness about child abuse while celebrating the joys of a happy, healthy childhood. We expect this event to grow each year and look forward to sharing our work with the community.”

For more information, email Carol Coles at Carol.Coles@normanok.gov, call event chair Heidi Smith at 579-5800 or email her at hsmith@abbott-house.org.

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