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Abuse Prevention Program Planned for Chamberlin School

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Thursday December 05, 2013

Puppets in Education (PiE) will present their Abuse Prevention Program at Chamberlin School on Monday, December 16, thanks to the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities. The full day of presentations will take place at 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., at Chamberlin School, 262 White Street, South Burlington. 

Funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities comes from donation boxes located in McDonald’s restaurants. 

Puppets in Education (formerly Kids on the Block-Vermont) is a non-profit program using puppets to educate students in grades K-8. They reach over 7,000 students throughout the state each year. Abuse Prevention is one of PiE’s twenty-four programs and one of the most requested. The impact of this program can be seen in the questions the children ask the puppets: 

• “What do I do if the person I tell says to be quiet and don’t mention it again?”

 • “What should I do if I’m babysitting and the father drives me home and he touches me like what happened to you?”

•“What if it is a group of them doing it to you and one of them is your Uncle?” 

PiE’s Abuse Prevention program is not only essential for schools as part of the state’s Act One mandate, but it is life changing for children as well. The program has received positive reviews following their presentations.    

“Following the program we had several students come forward to disclose abuse in their homes. Before the program they thought this was normal behavior or that it was their fault, but after seeing the puppets they knew what to do and who to tell.”

“Your presentation gave one Kindergarten student the courage and words to tell her story to a trusted adult.” 

Thanks to the generosity of Ronald McDonald House Charities and individual customers at McDonald’s restaurants, Chamberlin School is able to participate in this important program. 

For more information: www.PuppetsInEducation.org