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Kites for Kids honors child abuse victims

The football field at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty was full of kids and adults flying kites Saturday, April 21 during a Kites for Kids event. Kites were flown in honor of all Johnson County children who have been impacted by child abuse. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

NORTH LIBERTY– Kites filled the sky above the football field at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty Saturday, April 21 during the Kites for Kids festival. The family-friendly activity was part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and was held to recognize and honor children who have been affected by child abuse. It also recognized the many non-profit and social services organizations, which work tirelessly in an attempt to prevent child abuse.
While some families brought their own kites to fly, free kites were provided on-site, with minimal assembly required.
“It’s bringing communities together, and bringing families together so they can interact and play with their children,” Angela McConville, Special Projects Coordinator for the City of North Liberty, said. “We’re encouraging play as a family—parents and their kids—to foster good family relationships.”
Several North Liberty businesses chipped in to make Kites for Kids a truly free event, McConville said.
Johnson County Community Partnerships for Protecting Children and Johnson County Social Services, with assistance from the City of North Liberty, and Prevent Child Abuse - Johnson County, hosted the event.
“Every year, 1,500 children in the United States are lost due to the effects of child abuse. 8,890 children in Iowa were abused in 2016. There were 130 reports of child abuse in Johnson County alone,” the event’s Facebook page stated. Similar events were also held simultaneously in Iowa City and Tiffin.