The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 8, 2014

Agency promotes Child Abuse Prevention in Hinton

HINTON — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and local child advocates are playing their part in getting that message out to southern West Virginia.

REACHH-FRC/Child Advocacy Center staff and community leaders hosted the annual flag-raising ceremony Monday morning to kick off the event at the Summers County Courthouse steps in Hinton.

Special guest speaker was state Sen. William R. Laird IV, D-Fayette.

This year’s winner of the Children’s Hero Award was Hinton Area Elementary teacher Angela Gumm for her work with children in the community.

The celebration will continue Saturday with the second annual 5K Dam Run/Walk to Prevent Child Abuse in Bellepoint, and the Chestnut Revival will host Open Mic Night from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 where local bands are invited to perform.

This month and throughout the year, REACHH-FRC/CAC encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Summers County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that children are able to find help and healing from abuse, child advocates say it can promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent further child maltreatment and trauma within families and communities.

CACs nationwide are committed not only to providing intervention services, but also stopping abuse before it starts.  In the past year they provided child sexual abuse prevention education to more than 200 adults and children.

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said CAC coordinator Lynda Lancaster. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”

Music was provided by the Drama Club.

 For more information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month or how you can help REACHH, visit reachhfrc.org

— E-mail: cboyd@register-herald.com

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