KIDS Center Tree of Hope Event
Event begins at 3:30pm in front of the Bend-LaPine School administration building Downtown Bend
On Friday, April 2nd, KIDS Center will kick off the Blue Ribbon Campaign for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with our annual Tree of Hope Ceremony, this year held in downtown Bend.
The Ceremony kicks off a month dedicated to both raising awareness of the thousands of victims of child abuse in Central Oregon and focusing on what we can do as a community to make a safe and healthy place for all children to grow up in. High school students from the Second Chance program will be tying thousands of ribbons to the trees in front of the Bend LaPine Schools Administration Building, across from the Bend Library during the week leading up to the Tree of Hope Ceremony.
On April 2nd at 3:30 pm, volunteers from KIDS Center will complete the Trees of Hope by tying hundreds more ribbons, to illustrate the 2300 suspected cases of child abuse reported in Central Oregon in 2009. Ribbons will be available to guests to tie onto the Trees of Hope as they arrive. Agencies involved in preventing and responding to child abuse will also be on hand to provide guests with information on how they too can become involved in preventing and protecting children from abuse. Refreshments will be provided by the generous donation of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
At 4:00 pm, the ceremony will begin, with singing by the Bend Children’s Choir, a proclamation of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and speeches by Bend-LaPine School Superintendent Ron Wilkinson and County Commissioner Tammy Baney. Youth winners of the Blue Ribbon Art Contest “What it means to be safe” will also be announced and their artwork will be displayed. For more information about the Blue Ribbon Campaign, child abuse prevention and other events in April, please visit http://www.kidscenter.org or call 541-383-5958.
Please don Your Blue Ribbons for the kids who have no choice but to wear the blue and purple bruises of abuse, and the hidden scars of neglect, that often does not show its ugly head until much later when little to nothing can be done to change the facts.
It costs us little to wear a Blue Ribbon for a month. How many children can count on you?