April was Prevent Child Abuse Month. There were blue pinwheels and banners and interviews and articles in the newspapers and on Facebook. There were opening ceremonies in New Bern and Havelock and several events to increase awareness and knowledge of this community issue. Craven County actively participated in awareness and education regarding the resources available to strengthen our families and parents.
The Community Coalition for Craven County Children extends sincere appreciation to all those who participated and supported families and children through the Prevent Child Abuse campaign. Some of those are media supporters — Phil Knight Channel 10 TV, and Tori Shaw WCTI-TV 12, Colleen Roberts Channel 3 New Bern, The Sun Journal, Havelock News, and local newspapers — the area churches and faith connections members who put up banners and signs and inserted a "Tips for Parents" page in their bulletins and gave financial support, Chief Judge Walter Mills, Spring Hill Suites, Marie Iwanski - Staff House, Excel Learning Center No. 7, city of Havelock, Child Care Network of Havelock, Guardian ad Litem Program, Craven County DSS, Easter Seals/UCP, Promise Place, Neuse Reality, Friends on Broadcreek, Chick-Fil-A, Clerk of Court Terri Sharp, Craven Smart Start, Dunkin Donuts of Havelock, and all those who supported or participated in anyway.
It does take a village to raise its children, and the ultimate protection of children is a local community that loves and values its children and takes action to strengthen their families. Craven County has demonstrated this care and concern and will continue to do so throughout the year.
Again, many thanks to all those who took action for children in April 2013.
Terry Brubaker, Community Coalition for Craven County Children