North Mecklenburg High sophomore Bailey Brooks (holding sign) says she was troubled this summer as she watched coverage of the Casey Anthony and Zahra Baker cases. "Because someone didn't notice, these lives were gone," Bailey said. "I wanted people to notice child abuse - what abuse is and know what to do to prevent it."
As part of the International Baccalaureate program, Bailey was required to research a topic and figure out how to share it with the world. She decided to make an informational video about child abuse and prevention, posting it online. She is also selling T-shirts and buttons that say "Notice," with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Teen Health Connection and the Council for Children's Rights. Bailey has presented her project to agencies such as the Department of Social Services and Teen Health Connection, as well as to Alexander and Piedmont middle schools. So far, she has raised more than $600 through T-shirt and button orders from as far away as Brazil. She hopes to raise $5,000. To learn about her campaign, visit www.noticechildabuse.blogspot.com.