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Agencies 'plant' pinwheels for prevention

Anna Wheeler, a case manager with the Rockdale Department of Family and Children's Services, "plants" pinwheels in front of the Nancy B. Henderson building Monday morning in recognition of the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Anna Wheeler, a case manager with the Rockdale Department of Family and Children's Services, "plants" pinwheels in front of the Nancy B. Henderson building Monday morning in recognition of the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

CONYERS — Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale and the Rockdale Department of Family and Children’s Services are joining together to grow awareness of child abuse and raise funds for prevention.

During April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, the two agencies are “planting” a Pinwheels for Prevention Garden and inviting area residents to donate to the cause.

According to Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, the pinwheel is the symbol of child abuse prevention and represents community efforts to support families and provide children with safe, stable, nurturing relationships. Child abuse includes physical, psychological, sexual and emotional abuse. Child neglect includes failure to provide for educational, medical/dental and physical needs, as well as adequate supervision.

Diane Howington, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, said donations are used to provide parenting programs that address factors that lead to child abuse.

“We do parenting programs through center-cased classes at churches and schools, at the Evening Reporting Center and Phoenix Pass and Project ReNeWal,” she said. “We also do in-home classes with teen parents, young parents ages 12 to 25. We do a weekly in-home class that helps them find the resources they need in order to be better parents.”

Anyone who would like to donate — or for more information — may call Howington at 770-483-7333 or email director@pcarockdale.org.

Howington also invited community members to attend the April 23 Rockdale Board of Commissioners meeting where a proclamation recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month will be read. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at the Rockdale Assembly Hall.