Blue Ribbon Banquet



Addison Self (with Jim Ed Clayton) displays her winning poster during last week’s Blue Ribbon Banquet.

Addison Self (with Jim Ed Clayton) displays her winning poster during last week’s Blue Ribbon Banquet.

One of the more endearing highlights at the Blue Ribbon Banquet at World Outreach Center April 19 came when Children’s Center executive director Jim Ed Clayton recognized poster contest grand prize winner Addison Self, a second-grader at Southeastern School, for her entry: This is not a game! Stand up for child abuse! Pastor Laura Powell’s powerful testimony about her life as an abused child seared sensibilities, while singer/guitarist Shane Adkins’s songs like “I’ll find a real pretty girl with real bad eyes,” (and others) provided the healing balm of goofy humor. All to celebrate another year of solid accomplishments by the Children’s Center: 154 new abuse victims helped in 2015; 1021 therapy sessions for victims, their families, and teen abusers; 4656 children taught in 230 school training sessions on how to recognize child abuse and what to do about it. That was, is, and continues to be – the bottom line.

Ron Gholson