On Tuesday, March 27th, the Polk County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Polk County Family and Community Outreach Department’s program, Mid-Valley Parenting, plans on kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month with two awareness walks. The first walk will take place on April 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm starting at the Polk County Courthouse. The second walk will be on April 11, 2018 at 9:00 am starting at Henry Hill in Independence. People are invited to wear blue and attend either walk to show their support.
Throughout the month of April Mid-Valley Parenting will be partnering with local agencies to provide multiple workshops, classes, and events promoting safe and healthy relationships with children in Polk and Yamhill Counties. The month will wrap up with the county wide kindergarten registration day for Polk County and the Fam Jam event on April 28, 2018 and a county wide kindergarten registration day for Yamhill County on April 17, 2018.
4/5: Memorial Walk and Dedication in honor of former McMinnville Superintendent Michael Brott. Meet at the McMinnville School District Administration Office at 3:30 PM.
4/5: Dallas Child Abuse Prevention Walk. We will gather at the Polk County Courthouse at noon. Please wear blue and join us for a short walk to kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month
4/11: Independence Child Abuse Prevention Walk. We will gather on the front steps of Henry Hill and join the Community Action Head Start and OCDC kids in a short walk to raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please wear blue.
4/4: Craft with a Cop, part of Monmouth Library's Be Safe programming 2:30-4:00. Flyer Attached.
4/10: Juliette's House, McMinnville- Stewards of Children workshop presented in Spanish from 6-8pm. Flyer attached.
4/12: Dallas Library Cyber Safety workshop 6-7pm. Flyer Attached.
4/12: Monmouth Library- Healthy Touch & Positive Discipline workshop presented in Spanish 10:15am. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached.
4/13: Monmouth Library- Healthy Touch & Positive Discipline workshop presented in English 10:15am. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached.
4/17: Juliette's House, McMinnville- Stewards of Children workshop presented in English from 6-8pm. Flyer attached.
4/19: Monmouth Library- Cyber Safety workshop presented in Spanish 6:30pm. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached.
4/24: Juliette's House, McMinnville- Safe Touch workshop presented in English from 6:30pm-7:30pm, flyer attached. Spanish workshop begins May 2nd from 6-7:30pm.
4/26: Dallas Library- Healthy Touch & Positive Discipline workshop 10:30-11:30am. Flyer Attached
4/26: Monmouth Library- Cyber Safety workshop presented in English 6:30pm. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached.
4/2: Childhood Health Associates of Salem presents ACE's: It's time to talk and take action. 12pm-1:15pm Salem Hospital Building A Room A71. Bring your own lunch. Register by calling Salem CHEC at 503-814-2432
4/12: A Family Place Relief Nursery- Champions for Children Luncheon. McMinnville Community Center. Doors open 11:30am.
4/13: Strengthening our community Breakfast 7:30-8:30am-In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Dr. Dave Anderson founder of Safe Families for Children will share how this social movement is growing across the nation. RSVP to Esmeralda at 971-719-0569 or by email at email@example.com Flyer attached
4/13: Chemeketa Vitaculture Center 2:30-4:30pm- Dr. Donna Beegle training on how the different life experiences of poverty impact children and families, tools for breaking poverty barriers, Donna's personal experiences and lessons she has learned. RSVP to Esmeralda at 971-719-0569 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 28th is county-wide Kindergarten registration day and Fam Jam. See attached flyers for specific details on registration locations and times for each district.
After registering for kindergarten, families are invited to participate in Fam Jam. A family fun day celebrating the transition into the K-12 school system. Kids who attend Fam Jam will have the opportunity to win a FREE bike and Helmet! All kids who register for Kindergarten on this day and attend Fam Jam will receive a FREE backpack with school supplies and a special book. Health screenings including vision, dental, and hearing are available on site for any child in the county.
In addition to the fun giveaways and health screenings there will be a number of really fun children's activities on site including:
- OMSI Science Fair- OMSI will be setting up 12 exhibits and hands on activities for kids to participate in all day long.
- AC Gilbert House- Kids will have the opportunity to learn about engineering while trying to build towers out of paper and tape then testing their strength with weights.
- Home Depot Kid Builders- Kids will have the opportunity to do a building project with the professionals.
- FFA Petting Zoo- Central FFA will be on site with a number of baby animals for kids to pet.
- Truck Expo- We will have fire trucks, police cars, and school buses for kids to climb into while learning about their roles in the community.