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Last year 166 children lived in the only state certified emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Volusia County.
They ranged in age from newborn to 17 years old. Between them, they spoke six different languages. They attended pre-school, public school, private school and on-line school. They participated in the shelter's "Hugs & Love Children's Center."
Demetra Murphy, the Children's Case Manager, reported that for January and February, 31 children have already come to the center.
Ms. Murphy is implementing several new initiatives to integrate safety planning with education and fun. With spring approaching, she is working with the children to plant an herb garden. She said by planting the garden, the children will learn nurturing through caring for a living thing.
In addition to the science project, Ms. Murphy has implemented a reading hour. After school, she holds a reading circle. Children claim their spots and read books from school or from the library in the center.
She said the Children's Center needs supplies to maintain and complete these and other projects. Needed are four sturdy youth desk chairs, a seven-foot diameter round reading rug, children's music on compact discs., a CD player, potting soil and plastic potting containers and several plastic table clothes for both large round tables and rectangular tables.
For more information or to donate, call (386) 255-2102.