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March 26, 2018 Wear Your Blue on April 6th

Dates to Remember

April 2 & 9                Spring Fever Garden Forums
April 6                        Wear Blue Day – for Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 7 & 8                State 4-H Horse Events
April 7                        State 4-H Indoor Archery Championships
April 12                      Soil Conservation District Meeting
April 23                      Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Training (4-H)

Wear Your Blue on April 6th

            Snow is still on the ground, but we are preparing for spring anyway. April is just around the corner, which means it is time to get your blue clothing out! Each year we recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our communities strive to raise healthy and happy children which means we want to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect. You may be wondering, how can I make an impact in my community?

  • Recognize and bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing blue each Friday in April. Perhaps someone will notice and it can be a conversation starter. That opens the door to have a conversation with a neighbor, co-worker, or family member to remind each other why we strive for a healthy community.
  • Friday, April 6th is National Wear Blue Day! This includes the Mandan and Bismarck Mayor’s Challenge. Each mayor has put forth the challenge to see how many people in each community we can get pictures of wearing blue. Not in Mandan/Bismarck? You can still participate! Simply take a picture of you and your friends, co-workers, or family wearing blue. Then share it on social media with the hashtags #WearBlueDayND  and  #GreatChildhoods. Be sure to include where you are posting from, for example #MyMorton
  • Offer support to others. This can be as simple as helping babysit for a parent you know who is overwhelmed. Invite a neighbor and their family to dinner at your home. Become a mentor to youth in your community. Support causes or attend events that build strong communities and families.
  • Reach out or seek support for your own family. There are many resources offered around our state. The NDSU Extension Parent and Family Resource Center for Region 7 offers parenting classes each season, a free lending library for resources, and connections to other resources in the community. Resources are available to anyone who is caring for children whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, foster parent, or other!

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For more information or resources contact Liz Larson with the NDSU Extension Parent and Family Resource Center | Region 7 at 701-667-3342 or Liz.Larson@ndsu.edu 

 

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