April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The members of the Mason County Child Welfare Board are seeking to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and to encourage the people of Mason to support children and families. To that end, we have scheduled several activities, such as “Go Blue Day” on Wednesday, April 8th. Children and adults are encouraged to wear blue, symbolizing the bruised and the battered. Posters created by the Daisy Scouts and Mason Elementary School students are hanging in businesses on the square depicting the tragedy of abuse. Hopefully, these will spark discussion and awareness among citizens.
The Annual Hamburger Picnic will be held on the west side of the square on Palm Sunday, April 5th, from 11-1. In addition to delicious hamburgers hot off the grill, we’ll have face painting and a jumping castle for the kids. The Sheriff’s office will be on hand to do fingerprinting and ID kits for children, as well. Also, we have a special surprise this year. The Easter Bunny and his helpers will be here, so children should bring their Easter Baskets for the egg hunt! The Easter Bunny has even agreed to stay for the whole afternoon and pose for pictures with the kids.
The Mason County Child Welfare board is an entity created by the Mason County Commissioner’s Court to develop programs, provide services and engage in activities that will benefit all dependent, neglected or abused children in Mason County. The Board consists of appointed members who volunteer their time for a three year term. They meet on the third Thursday of each month.
President Laura Keith is pleased to welcome the two newest board members: Shannon Hofmann and Rebekah Whitworth. Other officers are Secretary Jennifer Moneyhon and Vice-president and Treasurer Amanda McMillan. Members of the board are Lisa Ramirez, Lupe Smith, D’Ann Stahl, Martha Kothmann and Linda Williams. Among the ex-officio members are school counselors Jeff Grote and Melany Canfield.