Fighting Child Abuse 4/23/13

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Students at South Panola High School have been buying blue bears for window posting as part of the Student Council’s efforts to raise funds to help prevent child abuse. Student Council sophomore representative Emily Standard and sponsor Krissy Williams counted bears and tabulated donations last week. The Panolian photo by John Howell Sr.

SPHS works with Exchange Club to prevent child abuse

By John Howell Sr.

The South Panola High School Student Council has joined the Batesville Exchange Club to help raise money for the Exchange Club Family Center in Oxford.

Student Council members are selling iconic blue bears for minimum donations of 25 cents to be displayed on windows and doors at the high school building’s main entrance. This Friday, April 26, the student council is sponsoring “Blue Day,” sponsor Krissy Williams said. Teachers who donate a minimum of $5 will be allowed to wear jeans to school for the day.

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The fund-raising effort coincides with April as National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness, and the color blue selected for the bears matches the blue ribbons distributed as reminders the suffering of innocent child abuse victims.

The Exchange Club Family Center in Oxford provides a place of refuge and counseling for victims of child abuse and for family members. The Batesville Exchange Club supports the Family Center through fund-raising and public awareness programs.