Child Abuse Prevention Poster Contest

Poster Contest Announced for Nashville Students, K – 8th grades, in Observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month
Catholic Charities sponsors contest for all public & private school students

“A Happy Family Is …” is the theme for the annual poster contest sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tennessee in conjunction with the national observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade in all public and private schools in Davidson County are invited to participate in the contest, creating posters to depict the theme.

Deadline to submit posters to the contest is Friday, March 23. For complete information about the contest, a list of teaching tools, contest rules, and how to submit entries, please contact Marie Gilland at 615-352-9520, ext. 230 or

“The winning posters will be on display for several weeks throughout the month of April in various Nashville locations,” said Marie Gilland, program coordinator at Catholic Charities. “This poster contest provides an opportunity to teachers and parents to discuss various issues related to child abuse prevention.” 

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in three grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8. Past prizes have included savings bonds, movie passes, and gift certificates for bowling, putt-putt golf and ice cream provided by Nashville area businesses.

In addition to sponsoring the poster contest, Catholic Charities staff members will distribute information at schools and area malls during April about how to recognize the signs of child abuse.

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., celebrating the 50th anniversary of its July 1962 establishment, served 69,000 people living in 38 Middle Tennessee counties last year. 
Operating on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville and its congregants, the agency’s major areas of community involvement include adoptions and parental support, counseling, refugee and immigrant services, senior services, education and job training, basic needs (including feeding, housing and clothing assistance), and advocacy, speaking on behalf of those without a voice. 
Catholic Charities is a licensed child placement agency of the State of Tennessee and certified as an Adult Day Care provider. Its services are available to people of every religious, ethnic, cultural and racial background.


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