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Local Groups Host Pinwheel Gardens this Month
Girl Scout volunteers were busy planting pinwheel gardens at area McDonald’s restaurants and on the lawns of county organizations following a “Pinwheels for Prevention” ceremony on April 1, 2013.
LACASA’s CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Council hosts the pinwheel event annually at the Howell Carnegie Library.
This year, the council expanded its awareness campaign. Several prevention partners will host pinwheel gardens in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Girl Scouts spent an afternoon planting blue pinwheels – the national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention – at 12 different locations.
McDonald’s corporate and franchise restaurants are featuring pinwheel gardens in the drive-through lanes at seven stores in Brighton, Hartland, Howell and Whitmore Lake.
Tonya Houston, McOpCo Operations Manager of Southeast Michigan Business Center for McDonald’s, explained the company’s decision to become involved in this critical initiative.
“As an organization that gives back regularly to the communities in which it does business, McDonald’s is proud to be a contributing partner of LACASA,” said Houston.
“Like the enjoyment we offer our customers every day at our restaurants, we recognize the importance of ensuring children and families grow up in a happy, healthy and safe environment outside of our restaurants. We applaud LACASA for its continued commitment to meeting this important need in the community,” Houston said.
In addition to the Howell Carnegie Library and McDonald’s gardens, pinwheels are planted at the following locations: Livingston County Department of Public Health and Department of Human Services in Howell; Community Mental Health Services of Livingston County, also in Howell; Main Street Brighton near the Mill Pond; and Pathfinder School in Pinckney.
“We are thrilled to see this effort growing,” said Deanna Norris, director of LACASA’s CAP Council. “It’s wonderful to know that we can count on community partners to help get the word out about the importance of preventing abuse and neglect and the role all community members can play in keeping kids safe.”
The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is part of a national program of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA).
LACASA’s CAP Council is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, a state affiliate of PCA. Pinwheel gardens, similar to those in Livingston County, will be planted across the state and country this month to remind people of the need to protect our most vulnerable citizens.