The month of April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention month. The Winona Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC), along with the Family & Children’s Center and Winona National Bank, sponsor an art contest for students in grades three through 12 with the theme “Hands are for …” to recognize that hands are for helping, never for hitting. The artwork will be displayed at the downtown Winona National Bank.
2017 art contest winners
Grades three to five
• Most Creative: Theresa Williams-Carpenter, Bluffview Montessori School
• Most Colorful: Aly Pringle, Lewiston-Altura Elementary School
• Most Unique: Aubrie Musta, W-K Elementary School
Grades six to eight
• Most Creative: Madison Bell, Bluffview Montessori School
• Most Colorful: Clarice Potter, Ridgeway Community School
• Most Unique: Hart Kerr, Bluffview Montessori School
Grades nine to 12
• Most Creative: Emma Dalenberg, Winona Senior High School
• Most Unique: Tuva Waestberg, Winona Senior High School
• Most Impactful: Madeline Copeman, Winona Senior High School
Each year a program or individual that provides excellent services to families and children is also recognized. This year the council will be recognizing the Winona Youth Soccer Association for its dedication to promoting positive behaviors and healthy relationships with its athletes and in the community. The association’s coaches were trained in “Coaching for Change,” a program that educates coaches to be effective role models, support gender equity and be aware of what to do when child abuse is suspected or revealed. In addition, Winona Mayor Mark Peterson will proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Winona.
The students and honoree were recognized at the kick-off ceremony on April 3 at Winona National Bank. Art work winners received gift bags and a $50 Visa gift card.
Founded in 1881, the Family & Children’s Center is a regional, not-for-profit agency that has helped thousands of children, adults and families enjoy better tomorrows. The center provides a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being, including child abuse/neglect prevention programs, alternative schools, community-based counseling, community support programs for people seeking recovery from severe mental illness, residential treatment options and several outreach programs.