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Pinwheels popping up across county as reminder to help children stay safe

Child Advocacy Center recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month


Pinwheels representing a happy, safe and carefree childhood that every person deserves are blossoming across Cumberland County in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Gardens of bright blue pinwheels are being “planted” in several locations, adding to the more than a million pinwheels dislayed nationwide since the campaign started in April 2008, when it was adopted by Prevent Child Abuse America.

In Cumberland County, the Child Advocacy Center is leading the campaign, coordinating with schools, organizations, businesses and agencies to sponsor the pinwheel “gardens,” according to a news release. This is the 13th year that the center has coordinated the local campaign, and each year, the numbers have grown.

Pinwheels for Prevention started as a grassroots campaign by Prevent Child Abuse America, according to the news release. The blue pinwheels serve as a reminder of the happy future that every child deserves. Planting the pinwheels helps raise awareness and change attitudes about child abuse and neglect, the news release says.

Planting ceremonies are planned at seven locations locally. The first was on Thursday in Hope Mills, followed by one Friday at Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville.

Upcoming ceremonies include:

  • Fayetteville Technical Community College, noon Monday.
  • Methodist University, noon Tuesday.
  • Cumberland County Schools Central Services, 2 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Spring Lake, noon Wednesday.
  • Fayetteville State University, noon Thursday.

The Child Advocacy Center has also decorated black flowerpots downtown with pinwheels and signs about April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, the release says.

Pinwheel garden kits and other gear are available at www.cacfaync.org.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center or to get involved, visit www.cacfaync.org.

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