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Pinwheels placed to promote childhood safety

Georgia Rupert looks at the Pinwheel Garden planted in front of New Horizons Child Development Center on Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio April 23, 2021. Pinwheels for Prevention is a national campaign that’s goal is to bring awareness to child abuse.

Georgia Rupert looks at the Pinwheel Garden planted in front of New Horizons Child Development Center on Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio April 23, 2021. Pinwheels for Prevention is a national campaign that’s goal is to bring awareness to child abuse. (U.S. AIr Force photo/SrA Emily Rupert)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio -- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is showing its support with pinwheels.

Every April, the president issues a proclamation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month to encourage public awareness of child abuse and neglect.

“Pinwheels for Prevention” is a national campaign used as a reminder that every child deserves a safe and healthy childhood.

In support of the campaign, 500 pinwheels were planted in front of the various Child Development Centers on base. In addition to the pinwheel gardens, pinwheel pattern sheets were given to kids to take home and make with their parents.

Pinwheels were chosen because they have a positive association with fun and youth, event organizers said. They represent the innocent childhood every kid deserves.

One of the most important objectives is to help children and families thrive before they reach a crisis, according to the campaign. Taking time to learn how protective factors and negative childhood experiences impact families and communities can make a difference.

April is also Month of the Military Child. While recognizing the sacrifices children with military parents make, it also serves as a reminder that some children don’t get the childhood they truly deserve.

By bringing awareness to the problem, people can be on the lookout for signs of abuse, officials say.

For more information about “Pinwheels for Prevention” activities and how you can get involved, visit https://preventchildabuse.org/resources/pinwheels-for-prevention/. Go to www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/resource-guide/ to learn more about National Child Abuse Prevention Month.