Wouldn’t you agree that one death of a child by abuse or neglect is one too many? Did you know that between 2012-2016, there were 285 deaths of children at the hand of abuse in the state of Indiana, 13 of those in Clark, Floyd and Harrison Counties?
We want to save lives and prevent any further abuse and maltreatment of children. We want to encourage children to understand their value, empower them with a voice, and educate them on how to get help in unsafe situations. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we have been able to forge ahead with our mission in getting our programs to students and families even with the schools being closed.
We are all out of our comfort zone? Many times, when this happens, and while sometimes we may resist, it can ultimately be for the greater good. This is exactly what has happened with us at Pure over the last six weeks. We were beginning to dip our toes a little further into technology with talks on how we can be more efficient in the classrooms reaching the students and simplifying the training process for our volunteers.
Then, we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic with all schools closed. Running an organization of school programming we found ourselves with a new challenge. We had been contemplating E-Learning and E-Training for our volunteers but had not put the plan together yet. We realized very quickly that in order to move forward we needed to laser focus on this new project. I am happy to share that we were able to provide E-learning lessons to Greater Clark Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers. This provided the teachers the opportunity to provide abuse prevention programs to students with parent interaction. Through these lessons, we were able to provide resources for children and parents to reach out to if they are in a domestic or child abuse situation.
In addition, due to the cancellation of all scheduled events, our Connect2Pure lunches and our Time to Shine events had to be cancelled. I am excited to report that with the knowledge we had gained through our E-Learning project we were able to produce our Connect2Pure program electronically. If you have never been able to attend one of our events due to schedule conflicts, we can now bring it to you in the comforts of your own home, as well as, share it with friends and family.
We look forward to getting back to school with the students, but we are thankful that we have been able to continue forging ahead during this time. Just as we teach our young students the value of perseverance, we have practiced it as well during this time. Many times, we resist change or technology due to a variety of reasons but thankful for it and the gentle nudge to jump in sooner than later. If you would like to share new ideas or help us in reaching more people through this present time we are in, I would love to hear your ideas. We always have room on our team for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers!