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Berenstain Bears character to help educate about child abuse prevention

Special Correspondent
Published: April 3, 2014 Updated: April 3, 2014 at 08:49 AM
A character from the Berenstain Bears childrenís book series will perform a skit at an April 10 child abuse prevention program sponsored by the Childrenís Board Family Resource Center. CHILDREN'S BOARD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

PLANT CITY A costumed character from a popular children’s book series will entertain but also help deliver a serious message at an April 10 child abuse prevention program.

A performer in character from the Berenstain Bears will present a skit at the Children’s Board’s Family Resource Center, 639 E. Alexander St.

The interactive story time will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. with light refreshments and snacks being served. The event is open for children and their families.

“Families are going to come and we’ll give them information about child abuse,” center Manager Marcia Cedano said. “Last year was the first year we did it and it was a huge success.”

Cedano said last year’s event also featuring a character from the Berenstain Bears drew more than 50 people, including many parents.

“We’re emphasizing that families be the first advocate for their child,” Cedano said.

Cedano said that Children’s Board Family Resource Centers emphasize different themes each month that help promote child development, safety and wellness. April is child abuse prevention month.

The centers provide free services to children of all ages and their families, which include homework assistance, child development screenings, and lessons in wellness and safety such as car seat safety, CPR and first aid certifications.

Cedano said the center strives to provide services that benefit individuals and the community as a whole.

“I’m a strong believer in being an advocate for the underserved,” she said.

For information, contact the center at (813) 752-8700.