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For Release:  Jan. 16, 2014 - 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 sixth 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. Feel free to participate by displaying blue ribbon trees throughout the month in April.  However, to have your tree showcased in April’s CAP DAY AT THE CAPITOL on Tuesday, April 8, in the blue ribbon tree slideshow, trees must be completed and registered by April 2, 2014.

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.

Tree photos will also be highlighted and displayed during the Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 and in the Child Abuse Prevention Month “official” scrapbook.  

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://fsps.health.ok.gov.
To “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree,” select any materials you choose. If using a living tree, choose a highly visible location and secure needed permission. Creativity is encouraged.  Decorate tree with blue ribbons to represent any of the following:

    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.

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 April 2, 2014 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
8, 2014 and in the Child Abuse Prevention Month official scrapbook.


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