NEW BRUNSWICK – Hackensack High School student Carlene Daniels raised over $3,000 to support Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey with a Latin Night event on April 21 in Maywood. The event was held at the Maywood Knights of Columbus, who provided both the hall and their own donation to kick-start the event. Over 100 guests were also treated to catering courtesy of Uncle Paulie’s of Maywood.
“When I saw PCA-NJ I fell in love, especially because working with children is a passion of mine and I have my heart set on becoming a child life specialist and getting my master’s in art therapy one day,” said Daniels. “Everything the organization does is just so remarkable and I wish more people knew how hard PCA-NJ works to ensure that the children of New Jersey stay happy and healthy.”
“Carlene exemplifies the wonderful spirit of community volunteerism and has shown remarkable leadership skills at a young age. We thank her for her efforts to raise awareness about ways to prevent child abuse from ever happening in our communities,” said Rush Russell, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey.
The event was a part of “Pinwheels for Prevention”, an initiative tying in with Child Abuse Prevention Month, a statewide campaign to raise awareness about supporting families and preventing child abuse. Each April, New Jersey makes a promise to prevention by distributing pinwheels and hosting educational events throughout the state. Pinwheels are a symbol of a happy, carefree childhood.
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