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Light of Hope Ceremony

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Deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, Volunteers for Youth Justice, and members of
the Gingerbread House were on the steps of the Bossier Parish Courthouse for a ceremony
honoring victims of child abuse in Louisiana.

The Volunteers of Youth Justice held its annual Light of Hope Ceremony shedding light
on the deaths of the most vulnerable members of our community. Bossier City Mayor Tommy
Chandler delivered the proclamation in recognition of April as Child Prevention Month. Cadets
with the Airline High School’s Junior ROTC program presented the Colors at today’s ceremony.

The group planted 22 pairs of shoes on the steps representing the children who have died
this year due to abuse or neglect in Louisiana, including one in Bossier Parish. CASA spokesman
Dr. Austin Green told the small crowd of visitors that these deaths were preventable.

The group planted a Pinwheel Garden on the grounds of the court, as pinwheels are the
national symbol for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel is an uplifting symbol that connotes
playfulness, joy, and childhood.  It has come to serve as a physical reminder of the great
childhoods we want for all children. The garden will remain visible until the end of the month.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please reach out to Volunteers for
Youth Justice for more information.

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