April was designated Child Abuse Prevention Month. A proclamation was signed by Richard Tankard, chairman of the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, on April 10. Students at Northampton Middle and Northampton High schools attended a assembly sponsored by the Parenting by Support Program and the Northampton County Extension Office. Motivational speaker Derius Swinton from Richmond offered a message of encouragement and advice to the students to overcome life's challenges and strive to reach their full potential. Staff and students had a moment to share appreciation for each other as students thanked those they felt were a positive influence in their life. Prevention programs targeted at children can improve a child's awareness of how best to avoid child abuse and other dangerous situations.