Stand up for Children rally Friday at courthouse lawn

It can only take a few moments over a lunch hour to be able to show support for children and the efforts of child abuse prevention.

The annual Stand up for Children rally, presented by Child Abuse Prevention Services, will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Friday on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn.

“It’s just a time to emphasize the importance of prevention,” said Laurie Gowdy, community awareness director with CAPS. “Speakers will talk about how they stand up for children in their personal or professional lives. We’ll also take a moment to recognize the victims of child abuse.”

The event is designed so guests can stop by over their lunch hour to participate.

“We hope they can show their support for the families in our community,” Gowdy said.

There will be brief presentations by representatives from law enforcement, education, the medical field and social service agencies.

The public is welcome. There will be pinwheels handed out in recognition of the innocence of childhood that should not be taken away, and guests are encouraged to wear blue – the color of child abuse prevention.

The event wraps up the recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month.