Bringing Change to Abilene, Taylor County

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - More than 3,000 child abuse reports filed in the City of Abilene and Taylor County in 2016.

Local law enforcement officers are calling it an alarming number.

So, they've teamed up with local schools to discuss the issue and raise money for resources during Child Abuse Awareness Month.

"Child abuse is not about stranger danger," stated Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge. "Last year, only one percent of our cases involved a stranger."

Chief Standridge initiated the "Change for Change" program.

Third grade students from Abilene ISD and Wylie ISD brought loose change to school.

The winning classes would get a party at Primetime including a workout with The Performance Lab Coach Bennie Wylie.

A class from Ortiz Elementary and Wylie Intermediate took home first place for their respective districts.

The event raised more than $5,000 and all proceeds will go to help fund the Child Advocacy Center of Abilene and Taylor County.

(Businesses who helped sponsor this event were Primetime, The Performance Lab and First Financial Bank.)


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