The West St. Tammany Exchange Club announced a number of activities planned in connection with National Child Abuse Prevention Month during a community awareness luncheon March 12 at the Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington.

There will be two free CAP concerts in April, and printed materials and Child Abuse Prevention caps will be distributed.

The Exchange Club intends to focus its efforts on education of parents and caregivers to raise awareness of physical, mental and sexual abuse and neglect of children in West St. Tammany.

Speakers at the luncheon included Dr. Barbara Hebert, of the Children’s Advocacy Center (Hope House); Lori Cage, of the Parenting Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital; Amanda Brunson, of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana; Tracey Desselles, of Children and Family Services; and Kim Kirby, ofSafe Harbor.

Exchange Club President Larry Ward welcomed the luncheon guests, and Clay Madden, CAP chairman for 2015, was master of ceremonies.

For information on the child abuse prevention campaign, visit