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Vandenberg plants pinwheels for prevention

Pinwheels turn as the wind blows outside the Child Development Center, April 7, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. More than 450 pinwheels were distributed to base agencies in April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

Pinwheels turn as the wind blows outside the Child Development Center, April 7, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. More than 450 pinwheels were distributed to base agencies in April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

Amaya, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Terra Bingham, 14th Air Force executive assistant to the command chief, holds a pinwheel in front of the Child Development Center, April, 7 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The pinwheels are used as an awareness tool for Child Abuse Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

Amaya, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Terra Bingham, 14th Air Force executive assistant to the command chief, holds a pinwheel in front of the Child Development Center, April, 7 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The pinwheels are used as an awareness tool for Child Abuse Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

Col. Brent McArther, 30th Space Wing vice wing commander, and Steven, son of Maj. April Wimmer, 533rd Training Squadron director of operations, place a pinwheel in front of the Child Development Center, April, 7 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The pinwheels are used as an awareness tool for Child Abuse Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

Col. Brent McArther, 30th Space Wing vice wing commander, and Steven, son of Maj. April Wimmer, 533rd Training Squadron director of operations, place a pinwheel in front of the Child Development Center, April, 7 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The pinwheels are used as an awareness tool for Child Abuse Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

A sign for Child Abuse Prevention Month hangs at the reception desk of the Child Development Center, April 7, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  The CDC also had pinwheels displayed outside the building to raise awareness during the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

A sign for Child Abuse Prevention Month hangs at the reception desk of the Child Development Center, April 7, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The CDC also had pinwheels displayed outside the building to raise awareness during the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airmen 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- One by one, children from three pre-school aged classes filed outside of the Vandenberg Child Development Center building, with blue pinwheels in hand, April 7, to plant them in the ground, doing their part to bring awareness to child abuse prevention during the month of the military child.

Through Vandenberg Family Advocacy, more than 450 pinwheels were distributed to base agencies.

"The pinwheels represent awareness for child abuse prevention," we want to focus on advocating for awareness for people to know the signs of child abuse," said Rose Lime, CDC director, "The pinwheel is something for people to remember - the significance of it may save a child because we're making people aware."

According to the national "Pinwheels For Prevention" website, not only do the pin wheels raise awareness, they provoke action.

"As a national organization whose mission is 'to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children,' our emphasis is to now transform that awareness into action," states www.pinwheelsforprevention.org, Prevent Child Abuse America website. "We now have that opportunity through the pinwheel, which reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve."

Vandenberg Family Advocacy doesn't stop at pinwheels, they also boast a year-long child abuse prevention program that peaks in April.

"A huge thank you to the Vandenberg Thrift Shop for donating the pinwheels that serve as a visual reminder that children are being hurt every day and the importance of caring for our children," said Cozetta Blow, Vandenberg Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate. "We have a lot of classes going on this month, and throughout the year, supporting families. We have classes to promote healthy discipline practices, a parenting class for brand new parents, anger management and many more."

For more information about Vandenberg Family Advocacy or classes they offer, call 606-5338.