The Story Behind the Blue Ribbon


Ideas for Activities
Child Abuse Prevention Month, April 2002


BLUE RIBBON FOR KIDS Campaign work with law enforcement officers, teachers, school athletic directors, child care workers, pediatricians, elementary school students, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and small businesses to distribute Blue Ribbons and information cards at a community event or during daily activities throughout the month. 

Poetry/Essay Contest contact local elementary schools to arrange a contest. Prizes could be as modest as an award, trophy or gift certificate for dinner at a local restaurant. All materials publicizing the event should include child abuse prevention information. Local media would likely publicize the winner.

Parenting Workshop conduct a parenting workshop at a local community center, school or church.  Distribute free parenting tips brochures.

Awards Luncheon sponsor a luncheon to honor those in your community who work with children and families.  Invite the media, provide awards and recognize the work of your colleagues while publicizing your cause. 

Community Health Fair coordinate with a local hospital, clinic or physician in private practice to sponsor this event. Distribute information, brochures, Blue Ribbons and invite the whole town. Ask small businesses and medical supply companies to provide merchandise and donate a percentage of sales to child abuse prevention efforts.

Kids Carnival games, rides, fun and food. Who could resist? Contact local businesses and ask them to sponsor this event with specific monetary donations in return for signage, exhibit space and mentions in all advertising materials. With a strong planning committee, its easier than it looks to coordinate a carnival. Distribute Blue Ribbons and materials on site.

OR Distribute ribbons and goody bags at hospital emergency rooms and birthing centersask a local grocery store to print information on their grocery bagsask all the businesses on Main Street to display posters and pledge a small percentage of profits to child abuse preventiondistribute brochures at all area child care centersask pediatricians to set up brochure displays in their offices

Your activities are only limited by your imagination.

For detailed instructions on how to organize and publicize local events, please order the April How-To Manual. See order form, or call 1-800-354-KIDS.

View the Event Calendar to find out what is happening during Child Abuse Prevention Month

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