Children's Week 'Hanging of the Hands' Kicks Off Sunday

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By: Emily Johnson
April 6, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - "There are a lot of children in the state of Florida that need their help and their attention," said Janet Morgan.

Morgan is a preschool director at Benton Hills Preparatory School. She spent her Sunday decorating the Capitol for Children's Week. Morgan said this week is important to her because it directly impacts the kids and families at her preschool.

"Each individual child may have some specific needs but they need to be aware of all of the needs and they need to be very sensitive," said Morgan.

Children's Week is in its 19TH year at the Capitol. The week long advocacy event always takes place during the legislative session. It is supported by 100 non-profit and corporate organizations across the state.

"Over four or five thousand people will come to the capitol on Tuesday to talk with their legislatures and meet with them and raise issues that are important to them," said Jason Zaborske, Children's Week Coordinator.

Judy Paskvan traveled 400 miles from Henry County to be at Children's Week. She said this week is especially important because she has her granddaughter by her side.

"I brought my grandchild along today Alex Marci and it's her first time to the Capitol. We helped hang the hand prints and we just think it's an extremely important week and we wanted everyone to know how important children are for our future," said Paskvan.

For a list of the events that will take place during Children's Week you can visit their website at for more information.

Press Release: Children's' Week, One Voice For Children
April 6, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. - Over 100,000 paper-hand cutouts hands will be hung in the State Capitol Rotunda from April 6-11. The hands show decision makers a visual representation of the vast number of children their decisions affect. With hot topics being addressed this legislative session, Children's Week attendees and organizations want the coming year's budget to prioritize promoting the growth and development of Florida's youth.

What: Hanging of the Hands
Who: Thousands of children from child care facilities and schools
across the state made more than 100,000 paper-hand cutouts.
When: Sunday, April 6 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: State Capitol Rotunda
Why: To hang the thousands of paper-hand cutouts so legislators can visualize all the children their decisions will affect during this legislative session.

A press conference will be held on April 8 at 9 a.m. to dedicate the hands to the legislators.