Child abuse program may close due to lack of funds | Events
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Students at Clippard Elementary School received a visitor called Green Bear on Tuesday, Oct. 8 that talked about child abuse.
The Green Bear program teaches children the importance of knowing what is right and wrong when they are touched. Green Bear taught them that certain areas are inappropriate and they should tell a parent.
"They see between 10,000 to 15,000 children in 10 counties in Southeast Missouri," Leasa Stone, education and training coordinator for Beacon Health Center, said. "Also, that child abuse is never the victim's fault."
Stone also said that the 12 year Green Bear Program may be shutting down at the end of October due to lack of funds, not the government shutdown.
The cost of running this program is $17,000 a year which is less than $2 per child. She said they need more money to help educate children of the importance of child abuse in the near future.
They are scheduled to visit the students and Jefferson Elementary School tomorrow.
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