Town Hall slated Thursday to discuss children’s issues

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• What: Child advocacy town hall meeting

•  When: 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday

•  Where: Grand Junction City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

•  Why: To seek public input in the development of a national strategy on children’s issues



Child advocates will host a town hall meeting Thursday to give citizens an opportunity to provide input for the formation of a national strategy on children’s issues.

The meeting is part of the National Movement for America’s Children, a grass-roots initiative that is hosting town hall meetings and listening sessions in all 50 states through Nov. 6. The meetings are designed to identify specific policies and actions to help ensure every child has an equal opportunity for healthy growth and development.

“It’s an effort to awaken national interest in prioritizing kids and their needs,” Mesa County spokeswoman Jessica Peterson said.

Participants in Thursday’s town hall meeting will include Jim Hmurovich, chief executive officer of Prevent Child Abuse America; Kendra Dunn, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Colorado; Becky Updike, Colorado child protection ombudsman; Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland; Stacey Mascarenas, Fruita City Council member and chairwoman of the county initiative “How are the Children?” and Donna Bennett, a “How are the Children?” volunteer.

Once developed, the national strategy will be delivered to Congress and President Barack Obama.

In addition to seeking feedback from citizens, meeting organizers will have informational materials and resources available for parents and people who want to assist with child-protection efforts.


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