KEARNEY — Thanks in part to the efforts to bring awareness to child abuse by resident LindaRose Kaizen, Mayor Randy Pogue proclaimed April Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in Kearney.
“We appreciate her efforts in creating public awareness of child abuse,” City Administrator Jim Eldridge wrote in a message to the city's Board of Aldermen.
“Children are the foundation for a prosperous and innovative society, and the foundation for a child’s growth and development is established when every community and Missourian takes responsibility for creating healthy environments where our children can thrive,” states the mayor's proclamation.
Kaizen is a child abuse survivor who advocates for prevention and awareness campaigns such as her Pinwheel Heart project, which combines quilting fabric and a pinwheel, the national symbol for childhood abuse prevention.
Kaizen also previously created pinwheel gardens at venues around the city including the Kearney School District Administration building at the corner of Missouri Highways 33 and 92 and started a remembrance tree as part of the annual Kearney Mayor’s Christmas Tree Walk in Jesse James Park.
In addition to April being Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, the city will recognize Go Blue Day on April 3. The city invites residents to wear blue on the national recognition day to bring awareness to the “importance of strong families, safe kids and the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to inspire change by focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention,” states Eldridge's board report to aldermen.