Pinwheel displays take aim at child abuse

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Prevent Child Abuse Oregon is whirling toward answers to the problem of keeping children safe.

Pinwheels are popping up in front yards, at community events and in front of city halls across the state in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Nearly 5,000 pinwheels have been distributed statewide by the organization as the centerpiece of its new campaign, "Pinwheels for Prevention." The pinwheel represents efforts to change the way Oregon thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention.

With a sponsorship from Wildhorse Resort and Casino, "Pinwheels for Prevention" will have a 500-piece pinwheel garden on display in Pendleton. The temporary exhibit will be installed on Saturday in front of City Hall, 500 S.W. Dorien St. Pinwheel gardens will also grace the mall at the State Capitol in Salem as well as areas in Lincoln City, Burns and Portland.

Pinwheels for Prevention is defining prevention in a number of ways in communities across the country, organizers say. Programs and strategies like home visiting, parent education, mutual self-help support, mental health services for new mothers, expanding the availability of affordable day care programming and substance abuse treatment all play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

For more information visit www.pinwheelsforprevention.org.

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