Child Abuse Prevention Month at MCC-Penn Valley, Francis Institute

April 6th was “Wear Blue” day on the MCC-Penn Valley campus. MCC staff and children from The Guadalupe Center’s Plaza De Niños planted a pinwheel garden on the north lawn of the Francis Institute  to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month and as a reminder of the simplicity and innocence of childhood.

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MCC-Penn Valley chose April 6th to host the on-campus celebration to coincide with Royals Opening Day.  The occasion will also be celebrated by Kansas Citians and local organizations on April 10th in a metro-wide day of recognition.

According to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, 100,000 to 200,000 children are physically abused each year and five times as many children are neglected.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at
1-800-392-3738 in Missouri or 1-800-922-5330 in Kansas, or visit the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) website at