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‘Champion for Children’ Nominations Open

2017 PINWHEELS LUNCHEON: (From left) CAP Coordinator, Holly Naylor, Champion Award Recipient, Robin Schutz of Great Start Collaborative, LACASA President & CEO, Bobette Schrandt, and Howell Mayor, Nick Proctor.

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond?

The Great Start Collaborative and LACASA Center’s CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Council are asking Livingston County residents to consider who is a Champion for Children in our community.  

“We want to recognize the people in our community who go above and beyond to positively impact children’s lives.” said CAP Council Coordinator, Holly Naylor.

 “Anyone can make a tremendous impact towards ensuring that Livingston County children grow up safe, healthy and ready to succeed in life simply by living their lives in a way that builds up children and families,” Naylor said. “We want to recognize those individuals and thank them for their dedication to our children.”

Nominees may be a person whose love of children is evident in the work they do, or in the way they spend their extra time. The winner could be someone who volunteers to mentor children, provides a safe foster care home, or advocates for vulnerable kids. Past recipients have been educators, coaches, public employees, foster parents, child care providers, and community volunteers

“Great Start Livingston is partnering with the CAP Council to recognize our Champion for Children,” said Robin Schutz, Great Start Livingston coordinator. “Supporting families and children is the focus of our efforts. With this award, we are able to acknowledge those who work tirelessly to make a difference for our Livingston County children and families.”

The person chosen as the 2018 Champion for Children will be recognized during a special luncheon in April following the CAP Council’s annual Plant a Pinwheel Celebration. All award nominees will be invited to the luncheon.

Plant a Pinwheel Celebration

The Plant a Pinwheel Celebration will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 4, at the Howell Carnegie Public Library to kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A children’s choir performs, speakers discuss child abuse awareness issues, and guests are invited to help children plant a pinwheel garden along the library’s front walkway.

“The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is all about the Power of One,” said Naylor. “One person, one action, one dollar can all work together to help keep children safe. So, Child Abuse Prevention Month is the perfect time to recognize someone who lives the Champion for Children example for us all.”

The Champion Awards Luncheon will be held at noon following the Pinwheels Celebration at the Howell Opera House.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 23

If you know a Champion for Children, please email a nomination letter to Holly Naylor, CAP Council coordinator, at or call (517) 548-1350 for more information. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 23, 2018.

About Great Start & CAP Council

The Great Start Collaborative of Livingston County is a partnership of early childhood experts, parents and community organizations who work together to ensure that Livingston County children are prepared to succeed in school and in life.

The CAP Council is a program of LACASA and is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund. CAP programs are funded, in part, by the Livingston County United Way.


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