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LACASA asks for public to display blue pinwheels in April to support Child Abuse Prevention Month

LACASA Center’s CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Council will recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April by incorporating blue and silver pinwheel gardens throughout Livingston County to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.

The CAP Council invites community members to display pinwheels gardens in April and to attend a “Plant a Pinwheel Celebration” event at the Howell Carnegie District Library on Wednesday, April 5, at noon.

Blue pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention. They represent a carefree childhood and symbolize the hope and promise that every child deserves to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

 “The mission of CAP Month is to celebrate our children and to examine the role each one of us can play in keeping them safe and protected,” said Director of Family Prevention and Education, Holly Naylor. “You can get involved locally by attending our Pinwheel Celebration kick-off event or by supporting our pinwheel fundraiser”

Pinwheel garden kits and pinwheel-themed items will be available at the LACASA Collection, LACASA’s charity resale boutique, starting in late March and throughout April while supplies last. Pinwheel items are offered for a suggested donation. All proceeds support the CAP Council’s community-wide child abuse education and prevention programs.

The “Plant a Pinwheel Celebration” event at the Howell library will include guest speakers, children’s musical performances from students at Voyager Elementary school, recognition of the 2023 Champion for Children award winner, and the planting of the pinwheel garden along the library’s front walk. Further details are available at lacasacenter.org.

 “The CAP Council is always willing to bring information about abuse and neglect prevention to any group or in any format,” said Naylor. “Not just in April, but throughout the year. Prevention is a year-round effort. Please reach out and let us know how we can partner with you and your organization or business to help educate or support your own prevention efforts, whether we meet virtually now or in person later.”

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 the Prevent Child Abuse America “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, show you understand and offer help.
  • 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.
  • Give your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their kids.
  • Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families.

For questions about CAP Month plans in April, to request a pinwheel garden kit through the CAP Month fundraiser, or to inquire about bringing child abuse prevention information to your business or group, contact the CAP Council at capcouncil@lacasacenter.org or call 517-548-1350.

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