On Friday, March 29, local 4-H members Ethan Ausley, Railey Turner, Kaylah Chance, Kearston Shuler, and Kaitlyn Ross under the leadership of Ms. Cindy Meadows, collaborated with Family Connection Coordinator Billie McLendon to plant a Pinwheel Garden of 125 pinwheels to help demonstrate the commitment to helping raise awareness of child abuse prevention in Seminole County. Pinwheels connote happy, healthy childhoods and have become the national symbol of child abuse prevention. Advocates and volunteers across the state come together annually to plant pinwheel gardens in their communities, drawing attention to the need for effective programs and policies that ensure the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children and their families.
Each year over 15,000 pinwheels are planted in the state through Prevent Child Abuse Georgia’s Pinwheels for Prevention® Campaign. In addition to planting pinwheel gardens, people are encouraged to participate in positive, supportive activities throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month.
In addition to planting pinwheel gardens, Family Connection encourages families in Seminole County to create great childhoods for children in our community while doing what we love. Some ideas include:
• Volunteer for an after-school mentoring program.
• Give a new mom a break by bringing over dinner or offering to babysit.
• Coach a youth sports team to teach kids the value of teamwork — they’ll learn how to trust teammates and themselves.
• Encourage families you know to call the 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) Helpline to talk to trained professionals who will connect them with supportive programs in their area.
• Go online to use the 1-800-CHILDREN Resource Map, PCAGeorgiaHelpline.org, which contains over 3,000 local and statewide programs designed to assist and support families.
• Wear blue on Friday, April 12th to show your support and take a picture using #SeminoleBlue