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Our Role in Keeping Kids Safe PDF Print Email
Written by Jenny Harbin   
Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg County our Department of Social Services (DSS) receives an average of 1100 reports of child abuse and neglect each month. April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. As a community we are all responsible for the safety and well being of the children in it.

It is a bit cliché, but now that I am a mom I see the world very differently. I am moved to do more than a casual bystander when I hear a story in the news of a child being abused or neglected. I boldly think, if it was someone I knew or a neighbor of mine I would not have stood by and let it happen.

 
Charlotte Get Your Move On PDF Print Email
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:00

My cousin wants to be a professional dancer. She makes me laugh because she is always making up a dance. She is 13 and I think she is so cool. I begged grandpa to take me with her Friday when they went to Charlotte Get Your Move On. They had a dance group – called InterACTIONS performing and my cousin could not wait to see them. They are a group of teenagers who dance to real popular music mixed in with videos.

The dance group performed at a big church on the other side of town. When she came home my cousin said she wanted to join InterACTIONS. My grandma was thrilled that she was so inspired. Now she spends every second of free time practicing, she told me that is what she needs to do to reach her goal.

 
Blue Ribbon for Kids Campaign PDF Print Email
Monday, 04 April 2011 00:00

April is Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month

Charlotte Anychild wears her blue ribbon and has her blue pinwheel.Together we can make a difference

In 1989, Bonny Finney's grandson Michael, was killed by his mother's boyfriend and later found at the bottom of a swamp near Norfolk, Virginia. This tragedy prompted Finney to start a personal battle to prevent child abuse. She tied a blue ribbon on the antenna of her van to bring attention to this terrible loss and increase public awareness around children maltreatment. It was a sign of her personal commitment to involve everyone in the fight against child abuse.

 
Alexander's Got Talent PDF Print Email
Monday, 04 April 2011 00:00

I love to sing and perform, I put on concerts for my dolls in my room all the time. My mom’s friend invited us to go see her daughter at the Alexander’s Got Talent event. I could not wait. When we arrived grandma got me popcorn from a popcorn machine and we walked down the red carpet like a real movie star.

Once the show started I saw many kids sing, dance and even play piano. They even had judges like on American Idol. Our friend sang my favorite song, “The Climb,” she did an awesome job. We clapped and cheered for her when she finished. The judges told her she was inspirational. She was so excited. I definitely want to be just like her when I get older.

 


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