TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Blue Pinwheels will sprout in the community this April as part of a national awareness campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Pinwheels for Prevention (www.pinwheelsforprevention.org) began as a grassroots campaign among chapters in Georgia, Florida and Ohio to create a national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention.
As a partner in child abuse prevention, Communities 4 Kids (C4K), the Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council, will use pinwheel displays as a reminder that child abuse prevention is a community issue and needs constant vigilance.
For two decades, market research has consistently shown the public views child abuse and neglect as a serious problem.
The pinwheel stands for community action needed to give children the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives they deserve. They represent child-like innocence and joy.
“We need to protect our little ones,” said Cindy Maciel, chair of the local child abuse council. “They can’t protect themselves.”
The mission of Communities 4 Kids is to be agents of change and, with partners, advocate for solutions that strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in the community.
The C4K council is made up of local agencies and parents who collaborate, advocate and promote community strategies to prevent abuse and neglect.
Current activities of the Council include: support for parent education, including parenting classes and the Annual Child Development Conference to be held May 3 at Truckee Elementary School; provision of mandated reporter training for providers working directly with children; dissemination of information and community resources that support healthy families through Kid’s Day and via family resource booths at family events; and advocacy for public policy that strengthens child protection efforts.
Interested community members are invited to join Communities 4 Kids in making Tahoe Truckee the best place possible for children. Join C4K the first Thursday of every month at the Family Resource Center of Truckee, 9-11 a.m.
For more information about activities and how you can help call 530-582-2521.
To make a suspected child abuse or neglect report, please call: Placer County, 888-886-5401; and Nevada County, 888-456-9380.
Submitted by Communities 4 Kids, local Child Abuse Prevention Council on the Blue Pinwheel Project for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.