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Child abuse prevention: Stroller Parade raises awareness, educates

Parents take their decorated strollers for a lap around the Fort Rucker Elementary School track during the Stroller Parade in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month April 25. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Parents take their decorated strollers for a lap around the Fort Rucker Elementary School track during the Stroller Parade in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month April 25. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: April 29, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 29, 2016) -- Child abuse prevention efforts aren’t just for adults – they’re something that children should also be aware of.

That’s why Fort Rucker Elementary School held its second Stroller Parade April 25 in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, so that parents and children could learn the value of every child, according to Dr. Vicki Gilmer, FRES principal.

“The stroller parade is a great opportunity to recognize that a good foundation for our children starts at their beginning,” she said. “The awareness that each stage of a child’s life is critical to the person they grow up to be.”

Parents were invited to participate in the parade where they decorated strollers in different themes ranging from a military tank to a mini circus float. After the parents arrived with their decorated strollers, they took them for a spin around the FRES track where students were lined up to cheer on their favorite stroller.

Students were treated to a fun-filled atmosphere with music and dancing as the strollers rounded the track, and the although a winner was picked for the best stroller at the end, the lesson was less about who had the best decorating skills and more about supporting each other.

“The children were able to see that it is important to foster support for each other – no matter how big or small,” said Gilmer. “Establishing a connection and instilling a sense of community is a key ingredient in becoming a successful citizen, Soldier, parent and more.”

Fostering that support is an integral part of growth for children and parents, said the elementary principal, adding that it’s never too soon to teach that lesson.

“I think that children need to be made aware that there is a right way to support children’s growth and wellbeing, as well as a wrong way,” she said. “The stroller parade gave the students at FRES an opportunity to support each other in a positive manner.”

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