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Stand Tall highlights child abuse prevention with 5K event


shoesSILVER STAGE HIGH STAND TALL NEWS RELEASE SILVER SPRINGS – Silver Stage High Stand Tall team is hosting a 5K Walk/Run fundraiser for a Stand Tall scholarship on Saturday, April 20. The 5K will also serve as a way to help Lyon County Human Services share tips for preventing child abuse during April, national Child Abuse Prevention month. Both nationally and locally, April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children.

Lyon County Human Services will host an information booth at the starting line for the 5K, and will distribute pin wheels that symbolize the national campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect. Their booth will highlight the six protective factors that help prevent child abuse. The six protective factors are conditions in families and communities that research shows can increase the health and well-being of children and families. These factors are strengths that serve as buffers, helping parents find resources, supports, and coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. The six protective factors include: nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and child development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete support for parents, and social and emotional competence of children.

The 5K Walk/Run will be held at Silver Stage High School track at 3755 West Spruce Avenue in Silver Springs on April 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All participants will be timed. Walkers and runners of all ages, and parents with baby strollers are encouraged to attend. Children under 12 can participate in the RUN free of charge! Registration and check- in on the day of the race will be held at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms are at all Silver Stage Schools, and you can also register online. For more information please call Lavurne Jeffreys, regional Stand Tall team coordinator with Healthy Communities Coalition, 775-246-7550.

Stand Tall groups are sponsored in Lyon, Storey and Mineral Counties by the nonprofit Healthy Communities Coalition. Teams exist in each high school in all three counties. Teens  learn leadership skills such as public speaking, and work with their schools and communities to prevent alcohol, tobacco, prescription and other drug use and to promote good nutrition and fitness. The teams also take on a number of projects every year to serve their communities, including coat, shoe and food drives. Stand Tall teams help raise funds for their teams by providing face painting and other services at community events. In addition, Stand Tall teams sponsor community 5K Walk/Run events to promote fitness and to raise funds for their Stand Tall scholarships. Scholarships are being offered at Fernley, Dayton and Silver Stage high schools this year.


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