April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, and Muscatine held a “Blue Out Day” on April 6 to recognize the seriousness of child abuse and stand in solidarity against it. April has been designated as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month since 1983.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that during this month, communities should be supportive of families and play an active role in preventing the abuse and neglect of children. The Department also states that communities should take positive action to promote child and family well-being.
All across the community on Friday, April 6, people could be seen wearing some form of blue. From students to employees at local area businesses, the color blue took over Muscatine. Many teachers, students, and businesses took photos of the blue attire in their classrooms or organizations and posted them on Facebook using the hashtag #greatchildhoodsmuscatine.
Stanley Consultants employees received an email from their Human Resources department encouraging them to wear their Stanley Consultants jackets in support of Blue Out Day.
For photos of Blue Out Day across Muscatine, please visit Facebook and search #greatchildhoodsmuscatine.