Raising awareness: Western High teacher creates bracelets that draw attention to child abuse

By Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

When students hear the name Mrs. Wrenn at Western Alamance High School, lots of words come to mind. One definition however, that may not automatically pop into a person’s brain is child abuse advocate. Chrystal Wrenn, an English and creative writing teacher at Western, is a designer of rubber bracelets that promote the abolition of child abuse.

Chrystal Wrenn, an English and creative writing teacher at Western Alamance High School, and Erica Curtis, a student at the school, pose for a recent photo. Wrenn has created bracelets to draw awareness to, and prevent, child abuse. Kaitlin Gillespie / Times-News correspondent

The bracelets are a swirl of blue and teal with the words Hope, Courage, Faith and Strength written on them with a hummingbird on it. The significance of the teal is to represent sexual abuse and the deep blue is to represent all the other forms that exist. The hummingbird on the bracelets is to represent strength in such a small package and they have significance of accomplishing what seems impossible in regards to other cultures.

“No one asks to be abused. No one deserves to be abused. I wanted to create something that was beautiful, tasteful, and representative of the courage, hope, faith and strength of everyone who has endured and continues to endure the aftermath of abuse,” Wrenn said.

Child abuse awareness month takes place in April, but Wrenn believes it should always be a priority and should not be confined to one month out of the year. Wrenn gives the bracelets out to the students at no charge because she doesn’t want to make money, but simply raise awareness.

“I really respect Mrs. Wrenn for starting these bracelets and I think they’ll help in the battle against child abuse by giving the problem more attention,” said Western High student Tara Ross.

Chrystal Wrenn is a true giver and role model and by raising awareness to this cause, the students are also advocates by wearing the bracelets. As a school united awareness is being raised, help is offered, and support is always on campus.

Kaitlin Gillespie is a junior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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