Pinwheels serve as a visual reminder that we all play a role in helping children thrive
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Triangle-based organizations are joining thousands of organizations throughout North Carolina and the nation in recognizing the month. Representatives from Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) are joining partners across the Triangle to plant pinwheel gardens and educate the public about the different ways that they can get involved in child abuse prevention. The pinwheel is the national symbol of child abuse prevention, representing community efforts to help all children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities.
“At Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina we know that we can make a positive impact on the future by investing upstream to strengthen families today which helps prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC president and CEO. “The best way to increase that impact is by involving the public in our work, and that’s why PCANC and its partners are planting pinwheels across the Triangle this April.”
PCANC and its partners will be recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month at the following Triangle locations throughout the month of April:
- April 3, 1:30 pm, Nash Square, Raleigh: Representatives from Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, Wake County Human Services, Raleigh Police Department, and PCANC will recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month and plant pinwheels. Following the Nash Square pinwheel garden planting, the group will disburse to 41 additional Raleigh Parks to plant a pinwheel garden at each park. The public is invited to join and plant pinwheels at Laurel Hills Park, Lake Lynn Park, and Marsh Creek Park at 2:30 pm. This is the fifth year of Pinwheels in Parks. This event is open to the public.
- April 3, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Garner Road Community Center, Garner: The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater Raleigh, in partnership with PCANC, will host a screening of Resilience: The biology of stress & the science of hope. This event is open to the public but registration is required.
- April 5, 12:00 pm, Executive Mansion, Raleigh: PCANC board and staff will join the First Lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper in planting 480 pinwheels at the Executive Mansion. April 6, 10:00 am, WRAL / Fox 50 Campus, Raleigh: PCANC board and staff will join WRAL / Fox 50 staff in planting 2,000 pinwheels at their campus off Western Blvd. This pinwheel garden is sponsored by Capitol Broadcasting Company.
- April 12, 1:00 pm - 2:30 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 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, State Farmer’s Market, Raleigh: NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) child welfare staff will plant a pinwheel garden at the State Farmer’s Market.
- April 14, 8:00 am – 11:00 am, Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh: PCANC is hosting its first 5 Factors Fund 5K Walk & Run in partnership with Wake County Human Services. All proceeds of the event will benefit the 5 Factors Fund which helps PCANC invest in innovative programs proven to prevent child maltreatment before it occurs. Register today! This event is open to the public.
- April 15, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm, American Tobacco Campus, Durham: PCANC staff, supporters, and volunteers will plant 2,000 pinwheels below the smokestack near The Cage at American Tobacco campus. This pinwheel garden is sponsored by Capitol Broadcasting Company. This event is free and open to the public.
- April 15, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm, Wheels Fun Park, Durham: The Exchange Family Center – Durham will host a Pinwheels Family Fun Day for families, friends, and the greater community to generate awareness about the importance of supporting families and teachers to help children be resilient. This event is open to the public.
- April 16, University of North Carolina Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute, Chapel Hill: FPG will plant pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- April 16, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, Durham: The Center for Child and Family Policy will plant pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- April 17, 9:30 am, Chavis Park, Raleigh: Crosby Advocacy Group in partnership with PCANC and the City of Raleigh will host a pinwheel planting in the morning followed by a screening of the film Resilience: The biology of stress & the science of hope in the evening.
PCANC’s efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect are made possible through our partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). In addition to providing oversight for the state’s county-administered child welfare system, NC DHHS invests in evidence-based programs that strengthen families, public awareness activities, and community engagement strategies that promote safe, stable and nurturing environments for children.
“We’re so thankful to NC DHHS for investing upstream in prevention to help make this public awareness campaign possible,” said Hirsch.
Other agencies across the Triangle and North Carolina will be planting pinwheel gardens as well as many individuals who are planting pinwheels in their own front yards. “All of these organizations, agencies, and individuals are helping spread the word that we can all play a role in building safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities so children can thrive,” Hirsch said.
Prevent Child Abuse NC’s efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect are made possible through our partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to providing oversight for the state’s county-administered child welfare system, DHHS invests in evidence-based programs that strengthen families, public awareness activities, and community engagement strategies that promote safe, stable and nurturing environments for children.