Happy State Bank recognized for efforts to bring awareness to ch

Happy State Bank recognized for efforts to bring awareness to child abuse

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Happy State Bank was recognized Tuesday for its work bringing awareness to child abuse and neglect in Lubbock County. 

The bank won the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Best of Community Banking Award. It partnered with the Family Guidance and Outreach Center of Lubbock on its Blue Flag Campaign. 

The campaign aims to make people aware of the growing problem of child abuse and neglect in Lubbock. It also offers solutions and preventative measures, like free parenting classes and school-based programs. 

This year, more than 1,000 blue flags flew at Katsman Park, each representing a confirmed case of child abuse. 

"It allows us to bring awareness to the problem of child abuse and neglect. 1,126 flags were put up last year, which is way too many," Jef Conn, President of the Family Guidance and Outreach Center, said. 

Conn says to remember that number is just confirmed cases. There are many more that never get reported. He says the bank hopes by raising awareness the number of cases will continue to go down each year. 

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