April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year Longview ISD, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, East Texas CASA, Buckner Child & Family Services and the Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center have partnered to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect in Gregg County.

On Friday, April 6, East Texas Montessori Prep Academy is hosting an event featuring musical entertainment, guest speakers, and a balloon release.

At the close of the event Pre-K and Kinder students will release blue balloons in honor of all of the children in Gregg County who have experienced abuse and neglect, and white balloons for the children lost this year due to abuse.

WHO:  Pre-k and Kindergarten students will perform songs and releasing balloon symbolizing abuse victims and survivors.
WHAT:  Judge Bill Stoudt will read the Gregg County Child Abuse Prevention Proclamation.
WHEN:  Friday, April 6, 2018 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: East Texas Montessori Prep Academy

Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month is a time to focus on ways not only to protect children from abusive environments, but most importantly, to prevent abuse from ever occurring. Unfortunately, child abuse and neglect exists in our state at an alarming rate, and it will not go away by simply ignoring it. It’s up to each of us to arm ourselves with the facts, to learn the warning signs, and to watch out for our most innocent Texans. Each of us can prevent the children around us from becoming another heartbreaking statistic.