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For Release:  February 5, 2013 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601

Communities Show Support to Prevent Child Abuse
Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids

Last year more than 100 organizations and communities supported the efforts to prevent child abuse in Oklahoma by displaying “Blue Ribbon Trees” across the state. The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites every community, school, business and even individuals to participate this year in the “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids” campaign. The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that all of us have a responsibility to help protect children.

Participants can display blue ribbon trees throughout the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The theme for this year’s CAP month is “It’s Your Turn to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child.” Tree photos will be featured in a presentation at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, CAP DAY AT THE CAPITOL. The registration form must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

A "Tree Registry" form is available to print from the Oklahoma State Department of Health website at:  http://fsps.health.ok.gov then click on the words “2013 Blue Ribbon Tree Materials”. The theme for the 2013 CAP Day at the Capitol is “Connecting the Dots for Oklahoma’s Children – Prevent Child Abuse.” Include no more than two photos of your tree with the completed entry form.

To build a Blue Ribbon Tree, select any materials. If using a living tree, choose a highly visible location and secure needed permission. Creativity is encouraged.  Decorate the tree with blue ribbons to represent any of the following:

    The confirmed number of abused and neglected children in your county

    The number of new babies born in your community

    Or to show your community’s support for children, or something important to your organization, agency, program, or community

Mail, fax or e-mail the complete Blue Ribbon Tree Registry Form to: Sherie Trice, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Support and Prevention Service, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299, or fax to (405) 271-1011, or e-mail SherieT@health.ok.gov.


Build a Blue Ribbon Tree in Your Community

 Please complete the information below to register your tree or trees for
Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Name of Group or Organization: ___________________________________________________

 Contact Person: _______________________________________________________________

 Address: _____________________________________________________________________

 County: _____________________________________________________________________

 Telephone: ______________________________Fax:__________________________________

 E-Mail: ______________________________________________________________________

 Number of Blue Ribbon Trees: “Live” __________ or “Your Own Creation”_________

 Location of Blue Ribbon Trees: ____________________________________________________

                                                                Example: Court House, Main Street, High School, Grade School, etc.

What Do Your Blue Ribbons Represent: _____________________________________________

Example:  # of Abused/Neglected Children in your County, # of New Babies in your Community, Blue Ribbons for support of all children, etc.


Trees must be completed and registered by the Wednesday, April 3, 2013 deadline. Please e-mail pictures of your completed trees to: SherieT@health.ok.gov (limit – no more than two photos for each tree registry). Photos will be displayed during the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, and in the Child Abuse Prevention Month official scrapbook.


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