Plant a pinwheel, prevent child abuse
Pinwheels are a symbol of healthy, happy childhoods – something every child in Louisiana deserves.
During the month of April, Prevent Child Abuse of Louisiana (PCA) encourages the community to take part in the Pinwheels for Prevention program, a campaign that highlights the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse prevention and neglect.
The pinwheel represents PCA Louisiana’s efforts to change the way our state thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. Their efforts aim to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide, while recognizing that child development is a building block for community development and economic development.
The public can help to support PCA’s mission to ensure that all children are given every opportunity to have safe, healthy and nurtured childhoods by sponsoring a Pinwheels for Prevention Planting.
Ongoing throughout April, pinwheels are being planted as “pinwheel gardens.” These eye-catching displays entice the public to take notice of this societal problem and to play an active role in prevention in their communities. Over 900,000 pinwheels have been planted across the nation since April 2008 by Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse state chapters and community partners.
To get your own pinwheels and create winds of change in your community, contact Amanda Brunson at Amanda@pcal.org or (225) 925-9520 to order pinwheels. The cost is only $1 per pinwheel. You can also order pinwheels online by visiting the website http://www.pcal.org/Website/webpages/Events/events_pinwheels.htm.
PCA’s goal is to plant 5,000 pinwheels in Louisiana in April 2013.
According to PCA, members of the community can also help to prevent child abuse in their hometowns by:
• Helping to organize after-school programs for neighborhood children.
• Offering to check in on a neighbor’s latch-key children.
• Introducing children to the arts such as visiting museums, children’s theater and concerts or libraries.
• Volunteering for a non-profit organization that supports families.
• Contacting local officials to advocate for polices that strengthen and support families.
• Becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
To learn more about child abuse prevention or the Pinwheels for Prevention program, visit PCA’s website at http://www.pcal.org.
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