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Volunteer speakers needed for classroom presentations

CAN Prevention Program The Child Abuse and Neglect (C.A.N.) Prevention Program is seeking volunteers to help make presentations at Tulare County schools. C.A.N. is a classroom-based prevention program designed to help reduce the incidence of neglect, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The program is seeking adults who are comfortable in a classroom setting, available a few hours each month during the school year, and committed to child safety.

The C.A.N. Prevention Program volunteers make classroom presentations to first- and fifth-grade children in Tulare County. Last year, the team made over 800 local presentations. All presentations are given by teams of two people. Volunteers speak from a prepared script in order to ensure that all information is covered. The message in both grades is the same - say "NO," then get away and tell someone you trust, and keep telling until you get help. The program educates children to recognize and effectively deal with potentially dangerous situations.

CAN Prevention Program The C.A.N. Prevention Program has established a training session for new volunteers on October 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its offices at 7000 Doe Avenue, Building 700 in Visalia. Volunteers interested in attending the training must first complete an application by October 11. The application can be found online at www.tcoe.org/CAN. Upon receipt of the application, Kathy Johnston, program manager for Tulare County Office of Education's School Health Programs, will set up an interview prior to the training. Applicants accepted to the program will be screened, fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at no cost.

For community members interested in learning more about the C.A.N. Prevention Program prior to the application deadline and the training session, the program will hold an informational meeting on Friday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. at 7000 Doe Avenue, Building 700 in Visalia.

"If you are someone committed to improving the lives of at-risk children, this is an extraordinary opportunity," says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak.

For more information, contact Kathy Johnston, at (559) 651-0130, ext. 3710.