Vandenberg plants pinwheels for prevention
By Staff Sgt. Erica Picariello, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 09, 2014
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.