The perfect childhood symbol, a pinwheel and its whimsicality capture the treasure of carefree years and innocence that all children deserve. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention, and launched its signature campaign – Pinwheels for Prevention.
Since then leaders nationwide, including Heather Richard, President for Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County, have campaigned for awareness by planting pinwheel gardens as a reminder and symbol of child abuse prevention. This year, the Harrison County group doubled the number of participating businesses.
“Prevent Child Abuse of Harrison County prides itself on working within the community to help prevent child abuse and neglect among our children,” Richard said. “If PCA and the community work together, we can form a vital team that will help us nurture and grow our greatest assets -- our children and youth -- paving the way for them to become tomorrow’s leaders.”
Richard, who also serves as Manager of After School Programs at Blue River Services, Inc., and the PCA Harrison County group will host its annual awareness event for the community on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra.
The event will coincide with Blue River Services’ second annual Color Walk for Children and Families hosted by the Children’s Services Department. As part of the Color Walk activities, attendees will plant a large pinwheel garden at the park before the event. Both events are open to the community.
Members of Harrison County PCA also meet bi-monthly to discuss ways to build community resources and relationships for families and children. For more information about the awareness event, Color Walk or PCA Harrison County, please email Marija Zink at firstname.lastname@example.org.