Children’s Trust of South Carolina launches Child Abuse Prevention Month

As the statewide leader focused on preventing child abuse, neglect and unintentional injury, Children’s Trust announces April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in South Carolina.

The City of Hartsville is going to “plant” 100 pinwheels, according to Casey Copeland, and plans to proclaim the city a “Pinwheel City” at the April City Council meeting.

Children’s Trust is home to the state affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America and is proud to be a leader in the national campaign, “Pinwheels for Prevention.” With the many pinwheel gardens planned across South Carolina, more pinwheels are scheduled for distribution in South Carolina than in any other state.

The pinwheel represents the happy, healthy, carefree childhood that every child deserves and the vision and commitment to give them the opportunity to thrive in a nurturing environment. In a show of support, organizations throughout South Carolina will display pinwheel gardens during April.

“Child Abuse Prevention Month is our opportunity to raise the visibility and advance the conversation on how to keep our children safe from abuse and free from neglect,” said Sue Williams, chief executive officer for Children’s Trust. “It takes all of us working together. When families are strong and communities support those who need help, the likelihood of abuse and neglects declines.”

Board of Directors’ Chair Kim Wellman adds, “Children’s Trust works region-by-region, training child-serving professionals; supporting evidence-based family-strengthening programs; communicating how to prevent child abuse, neglect and unintentional injuries and advocating for the youngest among us. We invite everyone to participate with us this Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

Pinwheels for Prevention events and pinwheel displays are planned around the state from Greenville to Charleston and Hartsville to Monks Corner to celebrate the prevention successes of child-serving organizations and to spur collective action around the issue of child abuse prevention.

Children’s Trust encourages everyone to participate in Pinwheels for Prevention by uploading a photo to their favorite social media outlet using #iSpyPinwheels and tagging Children’s Trust. Participants can take a photo of pinwheels in their yard, at local a business or anywhere in between. Three winners will be chosen from the entries, and more information can be found online.

April 10 has been designated as Wear Blue day. People are encouraged to wear blue in a show of solidarity. South Carolina joins at least eight other states in Wear Blue Day.

Pinwheels are available for purchase. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to use the pinwheel to participate in this important awareness activity.

To order pinwheels, contact: 803-774-4039,

Author: Duane Childers

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