Child Abuse Prevention Month has area seeing blue

The area is turning blue in a good way this month.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the local Child Abuse Prevention Services office has events planned to recognize it with the color blue as a focal point.

“We want to recognize the importance of prevention,” said Laurie Gowdy, community awareness director at CAPS. “Prevention is a positive thing.”

Dozens of blue wooden silhouette cut-outs are being put up around town as pat of the month. Marshalltown High School shop students made the cut-outs. There are a pair outside the courthouse and others are outside several area businesses and agencies.

“Blue is the color of child abuse prevention,” Gowdy said. “(The cut-outs) are a symbol of the month.”

A new event this year will be CAPS Stand up for Children comedy night. It will feature the local improve group “Instant Comedy: Just Add Spam” and two comedians – MHS student Carl Giannetto and the headliner, Toby Kid.

“The night is to raise awareness and a night to really celebrate children and families and to have fun,” Gowdy said.

Tickets are $10 and available at the CAPS office at 811 E. Main St. in Marshalltown. The night of comedy will have a few adult themes and it not advised for young children, Gowdy said.

From 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on April 26 the annual Stand up for Children rally will be held on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn. This event will have community members step up and say how they stand up for children. The public is welcome to attend to show support for prevention services.

“We just hope people stop by over their lunch hour and participate,” Gowdy said.

For more information about the month, contact the CAPS office at 641-752-1730.