MCC-Blue River is again proving that it’s “All for the Children.”
“All for the Children” is a child-abuse prevention day that the Eastern Jackson County community college has decided to do for the second consecutive year. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. March 23 with an Easter egg hunt at the Blue River campus, 20301 E. Missouri 78.
Following the egg hunt, activities are scheduled for children and parents throughout the day. Self-defense classes for children will be taught by Rusty Sullivan, instructor at Blue River’s Public Safety Training Institute. Bikers Against Child Abuse will offer spray-on tattoos, and free ID cards for children will be available. Dental services will be provided by Dr. Beth Gehring of Blue Springs. Nutrition classes will be offered for parents, and community agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about resources and child abuse prevention.
“We need to make people aware of assistance that exists in the community,” said Kimberly Glackin, a psychology instructor who started the event. “Nearly five children die every day in the United States due to child abuse and neglect. ‘All for the Children’ aims to reduce those numbers in our area.”
Glackin heads the local chapter of the Army of Angels, an international coalition of child advocates whose mission is to eliminate crimes against children, working to strengthen society for young people and cultivate more caring communities. She said the best way to reduce the number of child abuse cases is to educate parents about child development and parenting by connecting them with the necessary resources in the community.
The goal of the community event is to put families in touch with organizations in the community that market to children as well as to raise awareness of child abuse, child abuse risk factors and child abuse prevention. In addition, “All for the Children” serves as a fundraiser. Last year, money was raised for Class Kids, a national missing children’s foundation. This year, funds will be donated to a local agency that works on preventing child abuse.
For more information about this free event or to RSVP, visit the MCC-Blue River website at mcckc.edu/blueriver. Click on “All for the Children” (event page) in the Campus Highlights section. Information is also available on the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/events/531188563568206/.