Hi, Five!

SCAN’s Gimme 5 for Safe KidsStop Child Abuse artwork SCAN
An invitation from
Karen Fetherston,
Child Abuse Awareness Coordinator
Lutheran Social Services
of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
Paula Herrmann, Founder
Just Add Kids

 A hand goes up, and a child begins to talk about
things happening at home, asking: “Is this child abuse?”
The innocence behind the question underscores
the importance of educating children at a young age
about child abuse so they know when to ask for help…

Continue reading and you’ll see PRECISELY why the Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) program of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is crucial to our community’s children.

In this case, a seven-year old Racine child
told a SCAN presenter about long-term sexual abuse
by two family members. The child had kept this from other family members, school staff and other trusted adults.
The informat
ion presented by SCAN,
as well as the SCAN facilitator’s compassionate demeanor, taught this child that what was happening was abusive
and was not the child’s fault, and it gave the
child the courage to follow through and tell the secret.
Read more…

SCAN has been providing child abuse prevention lessons to students in southeastern Wisconsin for over 30 years, currently teaching lessons to preschoolers, kindergartners, 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders in Racine and Kenosha County schools. During the 2014-2015 school year, SCAN taught lessons to nearly 11,000 youth in Racine and Kenosha County schools. Students are taught to recognize abusive situations, to disclose abuse should it occur, and to identify sources of support. Above all, we want children to know that abuse is never the fault of the child.

…And that is the hope – that children recognize
when something is wrong and tell a responsible adult
about it so someone can step in.
SCAN doesn’t always get to see the final result
of their presentations, but just knowing
that a child like this seven-year old would
no longer be dealing with this alone is enough.

Who Can I tell Stop Child Abuse artwork SCAN (2)

SCAN is essential to Racine but often does not receive the support necessary to ensure  continued work with children. Due to reductions in funding and increased costs associated with programming, the program is in the unfortunate position of having to make tough decisions about which schools need to be suspended from its list of schools served. What has resulted is a decision to suspend service to western Racine County schools since they bear the highest cost in terms of travel time and mileage. That means about a 17% reduction in SCAN’s audience, or about 1,651 western Racine County students. SCAN needs to raise about $5000 to see those groups.

At the heart of our community is the opportunity for people to join together to make a positive and lasting difference in people’s lives. This November, SCAN needs your help. They need $5000 and are hoping to raise it even if it’s $5 at a time.

Your $5 will fund the following SCAN programs:

KidSCAN: Preschool program for three- to five year-old children that uses dolls, posters, songs and games to teach about child abuse.
SCANMAN: Puppet show for kindergarten students that teaches stranger danger and child abuse awareness.
SCAN Stories: Second-grade program that uses storytelling to begin a discussion about child abuse.
Yes We SCAN!: Fourth-grade program that uses a video to build awareness and encourage further discussion of child abuse.
iSCAN: Sixth grade curriculum that features a video, presentation and discussion about internet safety.

Please find it in your heart and follow the link below to donate and share, share, share. Let’s get this done! Gimme 5! (for the kids).

SCAN Facebook Event Page:

SCAN webpage:

Direct link to SCAN Online Donation Page:


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