Saturday, 20 August was the Back to School Festival and Health Fair was a great success for all involved! Thank you to volunteers, sponsors, vendors, committee members, and partner organizations for making it so successful for the children and families in our county communities!
We learned so much from all of the sessions we attended! Psychological Safeguarding, Community Education, Case Studies, Five B’s of Child Physical Abuse: Bruises, Burns, Bones, Bellies, and Brains, . . . . .
Sasha Joseph Neulinger (B.A. in Film Production at Montana State University) is the co-founder and Head of Production at Step 1 Films. He has worked behind the scenes on National Geographic’s award winning series, “America, The Wild” as a post production assistant. At Step 1 Films, he has produced, directed, and edited multiple commercial videos for various corporate clients nationally. He is currently directing his first feature length documentary, “Rewind To Fast-Forward,” an autobiographical film about his life surviving multi-generational child sexual abuse.
In 2012, 15-year old “Sara” became the first young survivor photographed for the Now You See (NYS) project. She had been preparing to testify at trial and decided to write words of encouragement to other kids who might be suffering from abuse. Since that day, over 130 children, teens, family and caregivers have joined NYS which displays their courageous eyes and words of strength. The project also now sponsors the Now You See Bravery Awards at which the kids and their teams of professionals reunite to celebrate the courage it takes to survive and disclose abuse and then continue on with the criminal justice system. Take this workshop to learn about several of the kids and cases involved in NYS and to be inspired by the resilience a child displays when supported by family and staff. This workshop will also challenge you to think about how you and your colleagues can celebrate bravery in your agency or area.
Exhibitor Meet & Greet
Visit with exhibitors on the 1st and 2nd floors while enjoying a cash bar and appetizers.
DPA Hospitality Evening
The Dallas Police Association will serve food and beverages at this optional off-site event.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County staff will be training and learning all about how to prevent, investigate, interview, and deal with the aftermath of child abuse and neglect at the Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference next week. Check out the website to see what we will all be up to!
Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference
All residents and families are welcome. There is no cost to the public, and many vendors will offer free haircuts, free sports physicals, free school supplies, free coffee, free snacks, free vision checks, free hearing checks, and free agency information. The American Red Cross will have a blood drive, and East Texas Medical Center will have their Digital Mammography truck available. Finally, there will be live entertainment, a live broadcast by KVNE, a bounce house, and lots of fun in a family friendly atmosphere.
Free Snacks – Keefe Group out of Tyler
Tea- Chicken Express – Canton, Texas
Coffee- provided by Clean Brew- Van, Texas
Hot Dogs- Sonic- Canton, Texas
Pulled Pork – The Feed Hut – Grand Saline, Texas
2 Hot Chicks
Grand Saline Newspaper
American Red Cross – Blood Drive
The Digital Mammography Truck will be here, provided by ETMC
Hearing Test- Chestnut’s Hearing Aid Center
Asthma Truck – UT
Colon Cancer Awareness – UT
Infant Vision – Lions Club
Adult Vision – Wal Mart
Sports Physicals- Lacy Burkes
Breast Cancer Awareness – Jessie Bell Texas A & M Agrilife Extension Services
Emerald Cruise Lines – Mary Fogel
Avon – Judy Cunningham
Essential Oils – Cendy Tarno
Glen Oaks Hospital
East Texas Crisis Center
The ABC Room, Child Welfare Board, Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County, East Texas Crisis Center, Glen Oaks Hospital, Andrews Center, American Red Cross, CASA for Kids of East Texas, and Maximus would like to give back to the communities of Van Zandt County by providing a “Back to School Festival and Health Fair” on Saturday, 20 August 2016 from 900 am to 200 pm at the Canton Civic Center. All residents and families are welcome. There is no cost to the public, and many vendors will offer free haircuts, free sports physicals, free school supplies, free coffee, free snacks, free vision checks, free hearing checks, and free agency information. The American Red Cross will have a blood drive, and East Texas Medical Center will have their Digital Mammography truck available. There will also be live entertainment, a live broadcast by KVNE, a bounce house, and lots of fun in a family friendly atmosphere.
Congratulations to our Volunteer Coordinator, Darla Costlow, on completion of Volunteer Coordinator Training at CACTX in Austin this week! We are very proud of her!!!
Our next Volunteer orientation/meet and greet meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, 12 May 2016, at 10 am at the CAC offices, 503 W. Highway 243, Canton in order to prepare for our Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event. Refreshments will be served, and we want to welcome all past and current volunteers, as well as anyone interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities at the Center. Please come and join us for information, ideas, and fellowship!
Go to the East Texas Communities Foundation to donate!