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Child Trauma Expert to Address Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Norlanco Rheems cares about children, especially those in our communities. On Wednesday, June 19. the local Kiwanis Club will host Dr. LarkEshleman, executive director of About Child Trauma, at its morning meeting starting at 7:15 a.m., located at the Wallick-O’ConnorHouse (16 E. Main St., Mount Joy) Eshleman will speak on childhood trauma and their life affects. Recent studies have shown a direct connection between early childhood trauma and high school drop-out rates, juvenile delinquency, opioid abuse and suicide. These, all too common, results of childhood trauma take their toll on families and our society. Even our youngest children (about 50% of pre-kindergarten age children in the United States), have experienced at least one “Adverse Childhood Experience” before entering kindergarten. Childhood trauma happensmuch more often than most people know, and costs much more than most can imagine. The connection between high school dropout rates, juvenile delinquency, opioid abuse and suicide are some of the many long-term effects of early trauma.

The economic and societal costs of child trauma are staggering. In 2012 our nation spent $220 million every day; for investigations, foster care, medical and mental and health treatment, and later juvenile and adult incarceration and chronic health problems.

The Kiwanis Club invites the community to join us to hear about how trauma affects our children and us, not only today, but in the future. Those attending will learn what can be done in schools, communities and homes to prevent its effects.

Eshleman will speak on this serious childhood problem, at the Kiwanis Club of Norlanco-Rheems meeting on Wednesday, June 19, at the Wallick-O’Connor House, 16 E. Main St. (rear), Mount Joy.

There is no cost to attend, light refreshments will be available, pre-registration is suggested as seating is limited.

Those planning to attend are asked to contact Judy Raub, President-Elect, 717.917.2741 or by email at, to attend this program or if you have other questions about getting involved with the Kiwanis Club of Norlanco-Rheems. The club’s Facebook page has additional club information.

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