Where the Pinwheels Grow
If you have driven along Old Highway 135 in Corydon in April, chances are something shiny and whimsical has caught your eye. That’s because every year, Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County, sponsored by Blue River Services, Inc., plants a pinwheel garden in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month and the council's commitment to making sure all children have the great childhood they deserve.
Whether through early education and intervention, tutoring, mentorship, social development or specialized care for children with disabilities, Blue River Services has played an important role in children’s lives since its inception more than 58 years ago. In fact, caring for children with special needs is the very heart and founding premise of the agency, which emerged from the determination of six families who believed everyone is capable of learning when given the opportunity.
Surprisingly, Harrison County has more cases of substantiated abuse and neglect than in surrounding counties, even those with much higher populations. That’s why we encourage and challenge other agencies, organizations, groups, community partners and individuals to join us as we support the Pinwheels for Prevention movement, a grassroots campaign of Prevent Child Abuse America. By raising awareness, we are one step closer to prevention.
If you would like to get involved or learn more, please join us Thursday, April 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the YMCA of Harrison County pavilion. Harrison County Prevent Child Abuse, in collaboration with Harrison County DCS, will host a community awareness event highlighting the importance of child abuse prevention efforts. County Prosecutor Otto Schalk and local foster parents also will share their knowledge and discuss the community’s role in prevention.