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JOIN US: This year’s pinwheel event is Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New date this year!

LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council will host its annual “Pinwheels for Prevention” ceremony Wednesday, April 6, 2106, to launch National 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.

Scheduled speakers and performers include:

  • Livingston County Undersheriff, Mike Murphy
  • Voices of Voyager Choir from Voyager Elementary School in Howell
  • Livingston County United Way Executive Director, Nancy Russo
  • LACASA President and CEO Bobette Schrandt

Six years ago, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) selected the pinwheel symbol 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.

LACPinwheelsClotheslineMisc 255On Tuesday, other local councils of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund will be planting pinwheel gardens across the state to raise awareness about the importance of prevention. 

In Livingston County, community pinwheel gardens will sprout up at 60 different locations. 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, and health and human service agencies are joining the pinwheel partnership.

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.”

LACASA’s CAP Council encourages local residents to get involved in efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of Livingston County Children.  

The following tips from PCA’s “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign are easy for everyone to implement:

  • Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to babysit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.
  • Be a friend to a child you know. Remember their names. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.
  • Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another’s children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your apartment building or on your block. Show that you are involved.
  • Give your gently-used items, like clothing, furniture and toys to a family in need. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their children.
  • Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families.

Children and adults are invited to attend the April 6, 2016, ceremony to plant a pinwheel garden and 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.



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