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Pinwheel Gardens Plant Ideas for Child-Abuse Prevention

PHOTO: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels are the symbol for prevention. They're being planted all over Idaho to raise awareness.
PHOTO: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels are the symbol for prevention. They're being planted all over Idaho to raise awareness.
April 8, 2013

POCATELLO and SANDPOINT, Idaho - Blue and silver pinwheels are being planted all around Idaho. The pinwheel is the symbol for child abuse prevention, and April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Dozens of events are happening, designed to strengthen families with improved communication and community support.

Bannock Youth Foundation Coordinator Heather Kemp, Pocatello, said they held a family dinner, where games helped connect children and parents, and there was coaching on how to establish family time.

"Turn off the cell phones, and turn off all of that screen time they have, for some designated period of time every day," she suggested, "so you can plug back in and have conversations with your kids."

Pinwheel events coming up around Idaho include a pinwheel walk in downtown Buhl at noon on Wednesday, April 10. Also on Wednesday, a discussion will be held at noon at the Wendell Chamber of Commerce about preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome. The Idaho Children's Trust Fund is promoting Child Abuse Prevention Month with a focus on parenting education and support.

Keeping families strong means letting them know help is available, said North Idaho College Head Start Director Beth Ann Fuller, Sandpoint. That is what they will do at "family celebrations" next week in Post Falls and Lakeland, she explained.

"We're just trying to gather families and give them resources in a fun and friendly, prevention-oriented environment," Fuller said.

Fire departments, police, educational facilities, churches and businesses are partnering for the family events, Fuller added.

Child abuse prevention tips are available at www.idahochildrenstrustfund.org.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID