Child advocacy groups accepting 2017 Champion for Children nominations through March 17

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The Great Start Collaborative and LACASA Center’s CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Council are asking Livingston County residents to consider who is a Champion for Children in our community.

“Who do you know that always goes above and beyond to positively impact children’s lives?” asked CAP Council Coordinator, Holly Naylor. “The CAP Council knows that dedicated individuals can make a tremendous impact towards ensuring that Livingston County children grow up safe, healthy and ready to succeed in life. We want to recognize those individual and thank them for their dedication to our children.”

Nominees may be a person whose love of children is evident in the work they do, or in the way they spend their extra time. The winner could be someone who volunteers to mentor children, provides a safe foster care home, or advocates for vulnerable kids.  Past recipients have been educators, coaches, public employees, foster parents, child care providers, and community volunteers.

The person chosen as the 2017 Champion for Children will be recognized on Wednesday, April 5, at a luncheon following the CAP’s annual Plant a Pinwheel Day program.

Pinwheel Day is held at the Howell Carnegie Public Library to kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A children’s choir performs, speakers discuss child abuse awareness issues, and guests are invited to help children plant a pinwheel garden along the library’s front walkway.

“The Pinwheels campaign is all about the Power of One,” said Naylor. “One person, one action, one dollar can help keep children safe, so Child Abuse Prevention Month is the perfect time to recognize someone who lives the Champion for Children example for us all.”

If you know a Champion for Children, email a nomination letter to Holly Naylor, CAP Council coordinator, at hnaylor@lacasacenter.org, or call (517) 548-1350, ext. 287, for more information. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 17, 2017.

The Great Start Collaborative of Livingston County is a partnership of early childhood experts, parents and community organizations who work together to ensure that Livingston County children are prepared to succeed in school and in life.

The CAP Council is a program of LACASA and is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund. CAP programs are funded, in part, by the Livingston County United Way.

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