April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month! All month long Harmony Home holds special contests and events to bring light to the issue of child abuse in our community in way of preventing child abuse from occurring. Some of these events are in person, such as Party in the Park for Prevention and our Blue Parade. Starting in April 2020, we have added Child Abuse Prevention Month activities on a digital platform as well! Join us from kickoff to closing this April.
A pinwheel garden planting happens at the beginning of April via Facebook Live at Harmony Home CAC as our digital kickoff to April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Community members of all ages are encouraged to join our efforts by planting blue pinwheels in the yards of their homes for the duration of April. The blue pinwheel, representing innocence is a national symbol for child abuse prevention. Pinwheels reflect the bright future all children deserve. The pinwheel is a positive emblem of the effect we can have when we work together to prevent child abuse. Pinwheels can be picked up from Harmony Home, just give us a call and we will get them ready for you! This events runs through the entire month of April. Add us on Facebook today and join us in planting a pinwheel garden on April 5, 2021 at 1:00pm via Facebook Live! If you need pinwheels shipped to you, click the image to the left and pay a small shipping fee to receive your pinwheels.
Every year Harmony Home hosts Party in the Park in early April as our city-wide kickoff to Child Abuse Awareness Month. In 2021, we held our Party in the Parking Lot. Next year's Party in the Park is anticipated to be bigger and better than ever as we hope to move the event back to Floyd Gwin! You won't want to miss this day of family bonding full of music, games, food, raffles, prizes and fun for all ages.
Blue Ribbon Week is geared towards our students. We hope these fun outfit suggestions will start the conversation amongst children and adults about Child Abuse Prevention Measures. This year's Blue Ribbon Week is scheduled for April 12-16th of 2021. We want our entire community's participation as we come together to spread awareness for child abuse prevention!
Typically our coloring contest is distributed to ECISD students on campus and voting takes place offline. However, this April our coloring contest was completed online. Students were asked to take a picture of their completed Harmony Home Coloring sheet and post it using the hashtags #NoExcuseForChildAbuse #EveryChildMatters and tag Harmony Home and that’s it! They are then entered to win the coloring contest! Submissions for this contest run through the entire month of April.
Get outside and start creating some awesome chalk art! This activity is to get families out of the house and into the sunshine. All you have to do is create a picture with chalk, tag Harmony Home on Facebook, use our hashtags #NoExcuseForChildAbuse and #EveryChildMatters and that’s it! Submissions for this contest run through the entire month of April.
This activity is geared towards the older kids in our community. That means you, teens! We want to see your artwork or read an essay from you about “What Preventing Child Abuse Means to Me”. Take clear pictures and tag Harmony Home on Facebook using the hashtags #NoExcuseForChildAbuse and #EveryChildMatters. The prompt will change year to year so make sure you add Harmony Home on Facebook. Submissions for this contest run through the entire month of April.
This activity is our last event to close out Child Abuse Awareness Month. Come together with Harmony Home as we get out into Odessa neighborhoods, decorate our cars, and make noise to make the community aware that we are part of the solution to ending child abuse. We will then meet up together to release balloons. Balloons released match the number of children served at Harmony Home in the following year. This is our memorial to letting go of the hurt child abuse has caused these children. Join the fight with Harmony Home this April by adding our Facebook page.
Your support of Harmony Home and our mission of Together... Breaking the Silence... Healing the Hurt means the world to the children we serve each and every day! We appreciate your support and dedication.