Public is Invited to Plant Pinwheels on April 9

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Provided by Prince William County

Pinwheels represent a healthy, happy childhood free of worry. Blue is the color that denotes National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The two things will come together when people “plant” blue pinwheels at the McCoart Government Center on Tuesday, April 9, at 1:00 p. m.

Prince William County Family Services Worker Alice Harris said the pinwheel is an iconic symbol. “It represents childhood and youth. This is a symbolic representation recognizing the importance of safe and stable relationships for children.”

The public is invited to “Pinwheels for Prevention,” which Harris said is to support child abuse prevention. “The idea of planting a pinwheel garden is having that external effort create something beautiful, and everyone can do that. It’s important to start a conversation with the community, not just addressing child abuse, but also what can be done on the prevention end.”

Preventing child abuse can mean helping caretakers become mindful of the stress of parenting and how that might affect them, so they can learn how to parent from a place of calm and balance, among other things, Harris said. 

Look for the blue balloons and wear blue in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month if you’re planning to attend on April 9. The event will be held at the Sean T. Connaughton Plaza at the McCoart Government Complex, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge.


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