Communities to Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids to Raise Awareness About Child Abuse Prevention
For Release: January 29, 2019 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601
The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites communities to take action for children by participating in the 11th annual “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids” campaign.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with various community organizations, are working together to build a “Blue Ribbon Tree” state. Blue ribbon trees will be blossoming throughout Oklahoma communities in April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that everyone has a responsibility in helping protect children. Communities are invited to participate by displaying blue ribbon trees during April. To have a tree showcased in a video, trees must be completed and registered by April 3.
Robyn Sears is a Child Development Specialist with the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Child Study Center and member of the Child Abuse Prevention planning committee.
“The goal is to get 2,019 blue ribbon trees blooming across the state with increased participation by businesses, childcare programs, churches and individuals for April 2019,” Sears said.
Photos of the decorated trees will be highlighted at various events, including at the 2019 Annual Oklahoma Child Abuse and Neglect Conference, the Child Abuse Prevention Month scrapbook, on the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service web page and on social media sites. A registration form is provided for individuals and organizations to register their trees with the OSDH Office of Child Abuse Prevention at https://go.usa.gov/xEbAJ.
Any materials may be used in creating a blue ribbon tree. If using a live tree, choose a highly visible location and secure needed permission. Creativity is encouraged.
For more information, contact Sherie Trice at (405) 271-7611 or SherieT@health.ok.gov.