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More than 300 cardboard cutouts lining Gainesville streets represent kids helped by Edmondson-Telford
Edmondson-Telford Center for Children uses 20th anniversary to promote awareness of child abuse
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Signs representing the approximately 325 children served by the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children in 2015 are being displayed along Washington and Green streets in downtown Gainesville in celebration of the the organization’s 20th anniversary. Pictured with two of the signs, from left, are Bella Dunagan; Brooke Gordon, who chairs the anniversary committee; and Sandra Reed, administrative assistant for the center. - photo by Norm Cannada

More than 300 signs depicting children started appearing alongside two Gainesville streets Wednesday as part of a local organization’s effort to celebrate its anniversary.

Some of the approximately 325 signs began showing up on Washington Street during the day Wednesday, and more were being added on Green Street Wednesday night, according to Jane Carpenter, program director for the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children. The center is celebrating its 20th anniversary Thursday.

Edmondson-Telford Center for Children 20th anniversary celebration

When: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24

Where: 603 Washington St. SW, Gainesville

“We call them our kids signs, some people have referred to them as gingerbread signs, but they have a child’s name and an age,” Carpenter said. “Those represent the children we served in 2015.”

The nonprofit center provides services to residents in Hall and Dawson counties under the age of 18 who are victims of sexual or severe physical abuse or neglect, according to the center’s website.

The signs of the children were scheduled to be up for 24 hours. Carpenter said the signs were produced about a year ago.

The anniversary event is open to the public and will include remarks at 10:45 a.m. by Lydia Sartain, former district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit; former Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro; Superior Court Judge Jason Deal; and state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.

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