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Planting of pinwheels kicks off child abuse prevention month

03-27-2017 (Mahoning Valley, Ohio )

Area student volunteers from East High School’s Junior ROTC will plant 1,652 pinwheels March 31 at 10 a.m. at Boardman Park as part of the 12th Annual Pinwheels for Prevention Event. Each pinwheel represents an adult who provided a voice and advocated for a child who was abused or neglected in Mahoning County.

The initiative is part of a joint program between Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley’s Child Advocacy Center and Mahoning County Children Services.  

The pinwheels, a national symbol for child abuse prevention, will fill the space between St. James Meeting House and the fence in Boardman Park, visible from U.S. Route 224 (Boardman-Poland Road) through the entire month of April for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Child Abuse Prevention Month raises awareness of the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and why it’s vital for individuals to report suspected child abuse or neglect to local child protective services or law enforcement.

A Pinwheels for Prevention luncheon event is planned for April 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Boardman Park Lariccia Family Community Center. The program includes keynote speaker Edward Gilbert, an Akron attorney and author of Swallowing Nickels, Boardman High School Jazz 2 band, Bikers Against Child Abuse and the awarding of the annual Community Spotlight Award.

The event is free, but reservations are required by March 29 by emailing Andrea Mistovich at amistovich@akronchildrens.org or Jennifer Kollar at jennifer.kollar@jfs.ohio.gov.