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Join Our ‘Plant a Pinwheel Celebration’

APRIL 2017 — LACASA Center’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council will host its Plant a Pinwheel Celebration at noon on Wednesday, April 5, at the Howell Carnegie Library on 314 W. Grand River Avenue in downtown Howell. This annual Livingston County event coincides with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Music

Voices of Voyager Choir from Voyager Elementary School

Speakers

Bill Vailliencourt, Livingston County Prosecutor & LACASA Board Member

Willie Dubas, recently appointed to the state Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board (Michigan Children’s Trust Fund Board), is a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse and a long-time LACASA volunteer

Bobette Schrandt, LACASA President & CEO

Proclamation

Nick Proctor, Mayor of Howell, will read a proclamation declaring April 5 “Plant a Pinwheel Day” in Howell

Plant a Garden

Students & adults plant pinwheels along the library’s front garden walkway

About Pinwheels Day

The pinwheel was selected nine years ago by Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) to serve as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention and its Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. It is a happy, carefree symbol that reminds us that all children deserve a great childhood.

Pinwheel gardens at the library and other locations 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.

Like LACASA’s CAP Council, other designated local councils of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, a state partner of PCA, will plant gardens across Michigan at the beginning of April. Pinwheel garden initiatives will take place across the nation this month.

“We planted 66 community pinwheel gardens in Livingston County last year,” said Holly Naylor, the CAP Council coordinator. “We are hoping to reach 100 community gardens this year. We hope that the pinwheel gardens will spark countless conversations about how we as a community can help to prevent child abuse and neglect.”

Partners hosting gardens will include public schools in each of the county’s five school districts and the Livingston Educational Service Agency. In addition, local businesses, chambers of commerce, government agencies, faith communities, and libraries are joining the pinwheel partnership.

“This campaign is all about awareness, and about the Power of One,” said Naylor. “One person, one action, one dollar can all work together. We really can improve the lives of children right here in our community if we work together.”

2018 Kits: Pre-Order Them!

In addition to the goal of 100 community pinwheel gardens, LACASA’s CAP Council will be introducing a “Home Pinwheel Garden Kit” that can be pre-ordered for LACASA’s 2018 Pinwheels Celebration campaign. The Home Kits will expand the campaign into neighborhoods, and will also be a fundraiser for the CAP Council.

For questions aboutLACASA’s Plant a Pinwheel Celebration, the national Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, CAP Council programs, or for any Livingston County residents who would like to sign up for a 2018 Home Pinwheel Garden Kit, contact the CAP Council at hnaylor@lacasacenter.org or call 517-548-1350, ext 287.

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