April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Pinwheels for Prevention
Pinwheels for Prevention is a national campaign held every April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. The main focus is to spread awareness throughout communities across the nation, helping ensure each child has the opportunity to live out a safe, stable, and nurturing childhood. The pinwheel is a symbol for the carefree childhood that every kid deserves.
For more information, visit Prevent Child Abuse America's National PCA Pinwheels Website.
2015 Pinwheels for Prevention Events
This year's "Pinwheels for Prevention" activities were a statewide success! Overall, 9 COUNTIES have reported their participation in about 24 Pinwheels for Prevention events by either planting pinwheels in parks or courthouse lawns as well as involving school teachers, children and parents in the festivities.
See some great examples of Pinwheel for Prevention events in Nevada from this past year below
along with the 2015 Complete Summary Report!
April 1, 2015 Carson City, NV - Pinwheel Planting at the Nevada Legislature
With assistance from Borderwich Bray Elementary students in Carson City, PCA-NV and Advocates to End Domestic Violence planted pinwheels in the legislative lawn to symbolize every child's right to a safe, healthy, and happy life, and to impress upon the community that child abuse and neglect are serious problems. The Children's Cabinet was also in attendance and invited rural child care providers to attend and have a picnic on the legislative grounds. There were two licensed child care providers that attended with a total of 35 pre-k children. A press conference was held with speakers Justice Nancy Saitta, Dr. Amanda Haboush-Deloye, Executive Director of PCA-NV and Joey Primak from Fighters Against Child Abuse.
Entire Month of April Fallon, NV - Pinwheel Making and Annual Pinwheel Walk
FRIENDS Family Resource Center partnered with Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe to bring child abuse awareness to Churchill County. The city fountain was dyed blue to kick off our campaign. Local officials including Mayor Ken Tedford, Sherriff Ben Trotter, Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Police and community members for a photo opportunity. We made pinwheels with the tribe after school program and also with Vision Quest kids at Churchill County Middle School. Their pinwheels were planted at the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Health Clinic and the Education Building. Our last event was our annual pinwheel walk where 62 people walked in the rain and planted pinwheels throughout town.
April 11, 2015 Las Vegas, NV- Bears and Binkis Event at Justice Myron E. Leavitte/Jaycee Park
East Valley Family Services hosted a picnic in celebration of parents reuniting and engaging with their children in a positive manner as well as seeing their classroom peers who have become part of their support system outside of class.
Activities included a cake walk, musical chairs, face painting, and a large sports activity area. As literacy is a large part of positive family engagement, every child was given a book bag with a book to take home. The bags were also filled with hand-made wooden toys donated by "Toys for Smiles." Soroptimist International of Greater Las Vegas hosted a craft table that allowed children to be creative with their hand prints. Children selected colorful ink to create butterflies, and caterpillars. Tutis Frutis volunteered their time doing face painting for children. Lunch was provided for the families.
Activities were paused in order for everyone to take part in a walk against child abuse. We were very excited to have special guest "Cosmo," from the Las Vegas 51's lead us in our walk. Children were given blue pinwheels and Cosmo led the walk around the park as while shouting the words "WE PAY ATTENTION TO CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION!"
Entire Month of April Wells, NV
During the month of April, the Wells Family Resource Center participates in the National Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in many different ways. We provide pinwheel displays for all of the businesses in town. Each business is decorated either with a yard display or a bouquet of pinwheels. This year with the help of volunteers from the community, we have over 1,900 pinwheels displayed and, received nominations for our Pinwheel award that recognizes a lifetime of commitment to the community of Wells. Wells Elementary School students made 3D pinwheels that are displayed at Nevada State Bank. There was also a pinwheel coloring contest where children had the opportunity to participate in during the whole month of April at the local grocery store, Roy's.
Complete 2015 Statewide Pinwheels for Prevention Statewide Report 2015 Summary Report
National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign
Everyone can spread awareness! Plant your own pinwheel garden, make your own pinwheels, color pinwheels with children, display pinwheels at work, attend local events, and spread the word about child abuse prevention. Contact us for more information on how to get involved.