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Norman garden to grow awareness about child abuse

A Children's Garden to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and treatment will be planted Saturday at Andrews Park in Norman.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 10, 2013

— The city's Children's Rights Commission, in conjunction with child abuse prevention and treatment agencies, will host “A Children's Garden: Raising Awareness for Child Abuse Prevention” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Andrews Park, 201 W Daws.

Participants will decorate garden plots using symbols for abuse awareness, such as pinwheels, blue ribbons and other items associated with childhood. Agencies will be on hand to provide information about child abuse prevention and treatment.

Besides viewing the garden installations, children and adults will be invited to visit the art station to create a pinwheel or blue ribbon to be placed in the Growing Garden, a community garden plot. The event will feature live music and snacks.

Co-sponsors are Bethesda Inc., the Exchange Club of Norman, the Center for Children and Families and the Mary Abbott Children's House.

The event is held each year during Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is April, to highlight issues of child abuse as well as celebrate childhood through art and music.

“Each year, those of us directly connected to child abuse prevention look for ways to combine our efforts for even greater awareness. The Children's Garden offers the opportunity to raise awareness about child abuse while celebrating the joys of a happy, healthy childhood,” said Heidi Smith, event chair and a member of the city's Children's Rights Commission.

For more information, call Smith at 579-5800 or email


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