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LACASA’s CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Council will host its annual “Pinwheels for Prevention” event Monday, April 1, to launch Child Abuse Prevention Month in Livingston County.
Members of the community are invited to help plant a pinwheel garden during a special ceremony that will take place at 12 noon on the front lawn of the Howell Carnegie Library, located at 314 W. Grand River Ave., in downtown Howell.
The “Pinwheels for Prevention” event will feature performances by the Voices of Voyager Choir from Voyager Elementary School in Howell, as well as readings by Girl Scouts from two local troops.
Ceremony speakers will include Miriam Cavanaugh, Livingston County Probate & Family Court judge; Pamela Maas, chief assistant prosecuting attorney from the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office; Bobette Schrandt, LACASA president and CEO; and Holly Ward-Lamb, youth services director of the Howell Carnegie Library.
Five years ago, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) selected the pinwheel to represent the joys of childhood and to serve as a new national symbol for prevention. LACASA’s CAP Council is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, which is a state affiliate of PCA.
On Monday, other local councils of the Children’s Trust Fund will be planting pinwheel gardens across the state to raise awareness about the importance of prevention.
The theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month in Michigan is The Power of One. According to the Children’s Trust Fund, this April theme and initiative “asserts that the power of one person, one community, one dollar, or one action will help to protect children from abuse and neglect throughout Michigan.”
“It is easier than people realize to have a positive impact on the lives of children in our community,” said Deanna Norris, director of LACASA’s CAP Council.
“Even simple things like offering a listening ear to a frustrated parent, donating used clothing, furniture and toys, or talking to neighbors about watching out for each other’s kids – each of these things can relieve stress for families and help keep kids safe,” Norris said.
All community members are invited to attend the April 1, 2013, ceremony and plant a pinwheel to show their support for Livingston County children and families.
The pinwheels will remain in place throughout April as a month-long reminder about the importance of preventing abuse and neglect before they occur so children can grow up safe, healthy and whole.