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News Community April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

KIDS Place kicks off Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign

The sight of brightly colored pinwheels blowing in the breeze brings back happy memories of childhood days when no one else in the entire world was as important and special and loved as you. It is for the sake of children and building happy childhood memories that KIDS Place is promoting Pinwheels for Prevention during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“We are very excited about this year’s awareness campaign,” said Alisa W. Ashe, KIDS Place Executive Director. KIDS Place is collaborating with local businesses, churches, and other agencies to display about 2,000 pinwheels in 47 pinwheel gardens in Franklin. “By displaying these symbols of childhood, we want to call attention to the problem of abuse in our community and encourage everyone to be a positive support for children and families.” Additionally, the blue bows on lamp posts in downtown Franklin are in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Volunteer Walter Taylor and Alisa Ashe, executive director of KIDS Place, adorn downtown light posts with blue ribbons in commemoration of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photo by Vickie CarpenterAccording to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, studies have proven that child abuse can cause long-term physical, mental, cognitive and behavioral consequences that affect both the child and the entire community. Some examples include increased involvement in crime, heart and liver disease, poor academic achievement, and drug and alcohol abuse.

“Child abuse and neglect is a community problem,” said Ashe. “It affects the current and future quality of life for our entire community. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘If you care for your own children, you must take an interest in all, for your children must go on living in a world made by all children.’”

“Throughout the month of April, when you see those shiny blue and silver pinwheels spinning in the breeze, take time to say thank you to the host site for taking a stand against child abuse,” said Ashe.

“Raising children is hard work and today’s families are often under tremendous strain,” said Ashe. “When you see pinwheels displayed around town during April, remember that children and families need your support. You can make a positive difference for families.”

KIDS Place is a private, nonprofit, nationally accredited children’s advocacy center. KIDS Place has been providing hope and healing for abused children and their families through coordinated services in a child-friendly place since 1991. For more information about KIDS Place, call (828)524-3199 or visit www.Kidsplacecac.org.

Submitted by Alisa Ashe.

Employees from Wells Fargo Bank helped KIDS Place install pinwheel gardens to commemorate April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pictured (L-R) are: Jody Landreth, Crystal McDonald, Amara Janoe, Chelsea Wood-Taylor, and Adam Giles


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