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For Release:  January 5, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - (405)271-5601

“Build a Blue Ribbon Tree State” to Help Prevent Child Abuse 
Project to Show Community Support

The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites every community to take action for children by participating in their fourth annual “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 in helping to protect children. Individuals and organizations can participate by displaying blue ribbon trees throughout the month in April.  However, to be showcased in the April 3, 2012, “CAP DAY AT THE CAPITOL” Blue Ribbon Tree presentation, trees must be completed and registered before March 27, 2012.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) along with various community organizations are working together to build a “Blue Ribbon Tree” state.  Blue Ribbon Trees will be blossoming throughout the Oklahoma communities in April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The theme for this year is the same as last year, “It’s Your Turn to Make a Difference in the Life of a Child.” 

Tree photos will also be highlighted and displayed during the Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, and in the Child Abuse Prevention Month “official” scrapbook.  The theme for Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol is “Be a Life Saver, Prevent Child Abuse.”

A "Tree Registry" form is provided for people and organizations to register their trees with the OSDH Office of Child Abuse Prevention. The registration form is also available to print from the OSDH website at

http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/2012 ITF Awards Nomination Packet.pdf.

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 following completed form to: Sherie Trice, OSDH Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Support and Prevention Service, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117-1299, or fax to 405-271-1011, or e-mail SherieT@health.ok.gov.

TREE REGISTRY
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 PRIOR to March 27, 2012, 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 3, 2012, and in the Child Abuse Prevention Month official scrapbook.

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