The Children’s center holds its annual auction and dinner at the Ball Farm on Thu., Aug. 24, 6pm. 

TOP PHOTO: Campbell County Children’s Center Prevention Coordinator Ruthie Slaven guest spoke at Tuesday’s South Campbell County Rotary Club luncheon. She works with children kindergarten through fifth grade on educating students about sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and other forms of abuse.

By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Children’s Center provided a presentation for South Campbell County Rotary Club members at Tuesday’s luncheon.

Ruthie Slaven is the prevention coordinator for the children’s center school programs. She works with children kindergarten through fifth grade on educating students about sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and other forms of abuse. 

Her program is sponsored through the Monique Burr Foundation.

It’s all about child abuse prevention and child safety, according to Slaven.

“All my lessons are scripted and wording is geared for each grade,” Slaven said, explaining the script she uses for kindergarten children is different than how we adress fourth grade and fifth grade levels.

The program is designed to teach children about “red flags” about “safe adults” and what they need to do if they are in an abusive situation of any type. 

It also touches on bullying and Cyber bullying.

The Children’s Center has provided prevention education since 2001.

In fiscal year 2022-2023 the center served 1,800 children in Campbell, Union and Claiborne Counties with the CSM program. 

The goal for this fiscal year is to serve 2,300 children through this program, according to Slaven.

The Campbell County Children’s center will be holding its eighth annual auction and dinner at the Ball Farm on August 24th at 6pm. 

Funds raised at this year’s event will go towards the renovation of the Center’s transitional apartment Cary’s Cave, which is used by children awaiting foster care placement. 

According to Children’s Center CEO Tracie Davis, the goal is to expand with a playground and a privacy fence for Cary’s Cave.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/16/2023-6AM)