Fort McCoy News April 22, 2016

Task force targets prevention of child abuse, neglect

Fort McCoy was among agencies represented at the Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force's kickoff of the 2016 child-abuse prevention campaign April 6 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Sparta.

Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. (second from right) participates in the Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force's kickoff of the 2016 child-abuse prevention campaign in Sparta.
Garrison Commander Col. David J. Pinter Sr. (second from right)
participates in the Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force's
kickoff of the 2016 child-abuse prevention campaign in Sparta.
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Task force members declared April as Monroe County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. The proclamation was signed by Monroe County Human Services Department Director Ron Hamilton, Sparta Mayor Ron Button, Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. David Pinter, acting Tomah Mayor Eric Prise, Sparta Police Chief David Kuderer, Tomah Police Chief Mark Nicholson, and Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins.

Students attending area schools created poems and artwork for the event. Artwork will be featured on T-shirts sold by the task force and displayed at Hansen's IGA in Sparta and the Teen Center at the Tomah Boys and Girls Club.

Blue yard signs promoting awareness of child-abuse prevention are on display throughout April at Fort McCoy and in Sparta and Tomah. Community members with area school districts, government offices, police departments, youth groups, and private organizations make up the task force.

The group's purpose to promote public awareness of child-abuse prevention and reach as many people as possible with the message "All Kids Are Special! Keep them Safe."

For more information about the Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force and Family Advocacy Program, call 608-388-2412.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Family Advocacy Program.)