Local groups 'go blue' to help prevent child abuse

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

Denise Frederick, Principal of Johnston-McQueen Elementary School, said the event was both a celebration in appreciation of those who work on behalf of children, as well as a solemn observance of those still suffering.

"The program is designed to inspire and uplift, as well as to inform," she said.

LISD Deputy Superintendent Andrea Mayo gave a speech on how members of a community are vital to keeping children safe, and Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt issued a proclamation in support of the National Child Support Month.

"We shouldn't have to do (events like this) at all, because children should be safe from things like abuse and neglect," Stoudt said. "But until they all are, I am glad to recognize those who work to help prevent child abuse as well as our law enforcement."

After the program a group of Johnston-McQueen students released 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.

LISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox said the district is honored to be a partner in community outreach event like Go Blue Day.

"We believe strongly in serving all the children of our community," he said. "If programs like (Go Blue Day) can help just one more child be saved from an abuse or neglect situation, Longview ISD will certainly support such a worthy cause."

For more information contact Michelle Navarrette, LISD Administrative Assistant for Administrative and Pupil Services, at (903) 381-2342.
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