April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Triangle groups are joining thousands of organizations, individuals and teams throughout North Carolina and the nation in recognizing the month. Representatives from Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) will support these partners across the Triangle to plant pinwheel gardens symbolizing the role everyone plays in preventing child abuse and neglect. The pinwheel is the national symbol of child abuse prevention, representing the great childhoods all children deserve while fostering conversations about how to build resilient communities and supported families.
“We are so grateful for our partners and supporters who work throughout the year to catalyze prevention efforts and promote the role every adult from all sectors plays in preventing child abuse and ensuring our children have great childhoods,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC president and CEO. “We can’t do it alone. It takes all of us working together to ensure every child in our community grows up in safe, stable, nurturing environments.”
PCANC and its partners will be recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month and planting pinwheel gardens at the following Triangle locations throughout the month of April:
• April 4, 1:00 pm, NC Division of Public Health, Raleigh: Division of Public Health staff will plant a pinwheel garden on the campus on Six Forks Road.
• April 4, 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, Torii Noodle Bar, Raleigh: in celebration of National Ramen Day, Torii Noodle Bar at Kanki in Crabtree Valley Mall will be discounting all Ramen bowls to $1 and planting pinwheels at the restaurant. Torii management will be serving customers and all gratuities will be donated to support PCANC’s work to support and strengthen families.
• April 4, 1:30 pm, Nash Square, Raleigh: representatives from Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, Wake County Human Services, and PCANC will recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and plant pinwheels in the park. Following the Nash Square pinwheel garden, the group will disburse to all 38 Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources parks to plant a pinwheel garden at each park. The public is invited to join and plant pinwheels at Lake Lynn Park, Laurel Hills Park, Chavis Park, Marsh Creek Park, and Millbrook Exchange Park at 2:30 pm.
•April 7, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Governor's Mansion, Raleigh: First Lady Kristin Cooper and Governor Roy Cooper show their support for the great childhoods all children deserve by plantign 500 pinwheels on the day before their Spring Open House at the Governor's Mansion.
•April 9, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, American Tobacco Campus, Durham: PCANC staff and community volunteers will plant 2,000 pinwheels below the smokestack on the American Tobacco campus. The public is invited to join the planting.
• April 13, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Raleigh State Farmers Market, Raleigh: NC Depart met of Health and Human Services and PCANC will plant 2,000 pinwheels at the Farmers Market in Raleigh.
• April 15, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Pullen Park, Raleigh: Wake County Human Services, Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, and PCANC will host a free family fun day, complete with vendors, carnival games, dance performances, a pinwheel garden, and more. This event is open to the public.
• April 20, 12:00 noon, WRAL/Fox 50 Campus, Raleigh: Capitol Broadcasting staff and PCANC staff will plant 2,000 pinwheels on the lawn facing Western Blvd.
• April 30, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm, Wheels Fun Park, Durham: The Exchange Clubs’ Family Center and Wheels Fun Park are hosting a Pinwheels for Prevention® Family Fun Day with unlimited skating, 2 batting cage rounds, go kart rides, mini golf, music, story time, contests and races, performances, and more. The public is invited.
“People notice the pinwheel gardens and ask about them providing opportunities to share stories about the many ways that we can take steps to support parents and children to create childhood experiences that foster healthy, resilient, productive adults,” said Hirsch. “At Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, we are focused on catalyzing communities, agencies and people like you to develop plans to ensure that all children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities that foster their healthy growth and development.”
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