Wednesday, December 16, 2009
PERRYDALE -- Juliette's House Child Abuse Intervention Center will offer the Safe Kids CAP program in the Perrydale School District this winter.
Safe Kids focuses on child abuse prevention, offering seminars to children, district staff and parents in the community. The classes are a program of the National Child Assault Prevention Project (CAP).
Perrydale has always had its own program educating teachers about warning signs of abuse, but counselor Jodi Miller has long wanted to have Juliette's House offer the classes, which are provided at no cost to the district.
This year, consolidation within the Yamhill-Carlton School District provided the organization enough money to bring the service to Perrydale.
The format for the program is a 45-minute classroom presentation on bullying, stranger awareness and child sexual abuse awareness for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
"The message is all children have a right to be safe, strong and free," said Pam Canaday, the Safe Kids program coordinator with Juliette's House. "They have the right to say `no' if they feel they are in danger."
Before the presentation is given to children, Juliette's House hosts an inservice day seminar with school district staff and a workshop for parents and community members.
Canaday said the workshop for adults helps spread awareness and teach people who are responsible for the welfare of children what to do if they see signs of abuse.
The community workshop will take place during a Perrydale Parents Club meeting on Jan. 19. The public is welcome to attend. The student presentation will take place the last week of January.
Perrydale School District officials said having Juliette's House offer the program will increase awareness among adults and students to protect children.
"Any opportunity for prevention and education for kids on safety is a good opportunity," Perrydale Superintendent Robin Stoutt said.
For more information: Juliette's House, 503-435-1550; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org