Chattanooga's Kids on the Block recently received a $1,500 “KiDs” grant from the Chattanooga Kappa Delta Alumnae Association to help provide personal safety education programs including child abuse prevention programs to local and area children.
Kappa Delta sorority members and alumnae were available during the seventh annual Pinwheels for Prevention to assist in making get-well cards donated to Ronald McDonald House.
“This event gave kids in the community the opportunity to learn, create and have fun, all while being educated on the important subject of abuse awareness. Interacting with them was so much fun, the chapter members and alumnae really enjoyed helping out,” said Taylor Farmer, president of the Kappa Delta Alumnae Association.
More than 200 get-well cards were made by children in the community during Pinwheels for Prevention. The cards were donated to the Ronald McDonald House in an effort to comfort and support children and their families who are being treated at local hospitals while staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
CKOB will use the $1500 KiDs grant money to educate children on child abuse awareness.
Kelly Williams, executive director of CKOB, said, “The Personal Safety educational program helps children understand on their level what child abuse is and what it is not. It helps them to understand that child abuse is never their fault and to communicate with trusted adults. This is such a sensitive topic, but one that is vital for children to understand so they can communicate with adults and receive help if they are victims of — or know a victim of — child abuse or maltreatment.”
In pretesting and post-testing of third-grade students on personal safety/child abuse issues, students showed a 20 percent increase in overall correct responses after seeing a CKOB personal safety program, indicating a positive change in knowledge, attitude and/or behavior of the topic.
“We appreciate the support of the Chattanooga Kappa Delta Alumnae Association. These women really are making a difference in our community through their continued community outreach efforts to keep children safe,” said Williams.
This fiscal year Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has performed 180 Personal Safety educational programs and served more than 22,323 children and adults in the 15-county service area of Southeast Tennessee, Northeast Alabama and North Georgia through the unique use of puppets and Bunraku style puppetry.
To schedule an educational program, contact Carly Lewallen at 423-757-5259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.