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Triangle Organizations Make Connections That Matter for Children

Triangle-based organizations recognize child abuse prevention month with Pinwheels for Prevention 

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 symbolizing the healthy and nurturing childhoods all children deserve. 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.

“We are honored to have so many partners working to make a positive impact on the future by building connections that matter to children, parents and adults,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President and CEO. “We know that caring relationships can actually help prevent and even mitigate the effects of trauma.”

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 1, 9:00 am, NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE): NC DCDEE will plant 300 pinwheels at their office to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a private event.
  • April 2, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Nash Square, Raleigh: Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, Raleigh Police Department, Wake County Human Services, and the City of Raleigh will attend the City Council Meeting at 1:00pm and then proceed outside to Nash Square to plant a pinwheel garden to kick off the month’s events. The public is invited to join.
  • April 3, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Apex Police Department, Apex: The Apex Police Department will plant pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month at their department followed by a prevention walk downtown. The public is invited to join.
  • April 4, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Cary First Baptist Church, Cary: The Cary Police Department will join Cary First Baptist Church in planting a pinwheel garden to increase the community’s knowledge of prevention and the protective factors. The public is invited to join the planting.

  • April 5, all day, Wear Blue Day, Nationwide: April 5 is National Wear Blue Day and people across the Triangle, the state and the nation will be wearing blue to show support for Child Abuse Prevention Efforts that are proven to strengthen families!

  • April 5, Wake County Human Services, Raleigh: Wake County Human Services is celebrating Wear Blue Day by hosting a Wear Blue Building Décor Competition across their regions. The competition will raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month with a focus on the Protective Factors. This is a private event.

  • April 9, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon, NC Division of Public Health, Raleigh: Division of Public Health staff will plant a pinwheel garden on the campus on Six Forks Road. This is a private event.

  • April 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, NC General Assembly, Raleigh: Strolling Thunder: A Think Babies™ NC Advocacy Day is a free family-friendly event that will bringing babies, parents, early educators, and other early childhood advocates to Halifax Mall at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh, NC to call attention to what babies and families in North Carolina need to thrive. This event is open to the public but requires registration.

  • April 11, 1:00 pm, The Office of NC First Lady, Raleigh: The Office of First Lady Kristin Cooper will plant pinwheels at the Executive Mansion. This is a private event. April 5 is also National Wear Blue Day. First Lady Kristin Cooper will also be taking over Prevent Child Abuse NC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for the day to talk about the importance of building connections that matter for North Carolina’s children.
  • April 13, 8:00 am – 11:00 am, Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh: PCANC is hosting it’s 2nd Annual 5 Factors 5k Walk/Run to increase awareness of the five protective factors. Proceeds from the 5 Factors Fund 5K will support PCANC.

  • April 14, 12:00 noon - 1:30 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 15, 2:00 pm, Wake County Justice Center, 301 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, Room 2700: Reading of the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation at the Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting

  • April 15, 10:00 am, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, NC Farmers Market, Raleigh: NC DHHS will plant 1,700 pinwheels at the NC Farmers Market. This is a private event. 
  • April 17, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm, Torii Noodle Bar, Raleigh: In celebration of National Ramen Day, Torii Noodle Bar by 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 28, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm, Wheels Fun Park, Durham: The Exchange Family Center is hosting Pinwheels for Prevention® Family Fun Day. The event features Wheels Fun Park activities (skating, two batting cage rounds, go kart rides, and mini golf) as well as music, story time, races, performances, raffles, special guests, and much more. In addition to the family activities, learn more about how Exchange Family Center strengthens families and the protective factors that reduce risk of childhood trauma. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.

Other Triangle area agencies that already have planted or will plant pinwheels and host Child Abuse Prevention Month Events include Apex Police Department, Armstrong McGuire, Creative Schools at Davis Park, Durham County Division of Social Services, Durham Police Department, Grandma Mamie’s Home Child Care, Morrisville Police Department, Peak City Exchange Club, The Goddard School of Apex, The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, Raleigh Police Department, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, SAFEChild, Upper Room Christian Academy, YMCA of the Triangle, and many others, including individuals who are planting pinwheels at their homes.

“We’re so thankful to these organizations and community groups for promoting the message that connections matter for prevention in the Triangle,” said Hirsch. “These events are a great way for the community to come together during Child Abuse Prevention Month and learn how they can make critical connections in their own lives to help build strong families and a supportive community.”

Anyone interested in joining the effort to create awareness during April or learning more about the connections they can make for children and families can contact PCANC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-829-8009.

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