By Julie Lucas
NAS Jax Public Affairs Specialist
The Naval Air Station Jackson-ville (NAS Jax) Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) was recently named "Best Military Partner Event," from Prevent Child Abuse Florida.
The award was stemming from the FFSC hosting its first-ever Parade for Prevention, one of the many activities during April's Child Abuse Prevention Month.
"This is the first year for the base to win this type of award," said Jackie Viola, FFSC child counselor, who helped coordinate the event. "Last year, we had the truck aboard the base but we didn't have a parade."
FFSC staff members came up with the idea for the parade to get base participation in activities throughout the month. Around eight different commands aboard NAS Jax joined in the parade, which featured a large tractor-trailer with positive messages regarding the month's message.
"The inaugural Parade for Prevention was more than we ever imagined it would be," said NAS Jax FFSC Director Carolyn McCorvey.
The truck and parade made a stop at the Child Development Center (CDC), where children were given small toys and mementos. Commands that participated in the parade decorated vehicles, a fire truck and used bubbles and cartoon characters to grab attention.
Following the parade, commands returned to the FFSC and awards were given to the top three. NAS Jax's float won first place.
Other activities during the month included a Gamin' and Grillin' event with free food, and a reading event at the CDC. FFSC is already starting plans for next year's month and hoping to make the parade event bigger with more viewing spots.