For the second consecutive year, the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) sponsored the Parade for Prevention. The parade was held to bring together base tenant commands during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
“The theme of this year’s parade is superheroes and all participants were encouraged to use it on their vehicles,” said Carolyn McCorvey, FFSC director. “This is an event our whole staff looks forward to all year.”
The Prevent Child Abuse Florida organization brought a tractor trailer aboard the base with a large message about child abuse prevention displayed on the sides. Staff members handed out giveaways to children at the base Child Development Center during the parade.
“We love being partners with NAS Jacksonville and the Navy,” said Prevent Child Abuse Florida Executive Director Chris Lolley.
The parade ended its route at FFSC where three judges tallied scores of the command participating vehicles. Third place went to Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility Jacksonville, second place to ITC Paul Cummings of NAS Jax and first place to Aviation Support Detachment Jacksonville. The winning entry featured a theme of child abuse being unbearable and decorated a solar vehicle as a bear. Participants handed out stuffed bears to the children.
The judges were given an opportunity to give one extra point to a favorite. When the winners were announced, one judge explained her thought process.
“I gave my extra point to this person for their ‘permanent spirit’ which he displays every day,” Monika Woods, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society director said of Cummings’s personally-owned “bat mobile.”
One of the final events of the month takes place Saturday at the Bounce-a-palooza, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the field across from Dewey’s.