Pre-school students at Wayne Community College’s Child Care Center added a different kind of bed to their gardens this spring.
On April 11, the children, assisted by students in WCC’s Human Services programs and members of the Goldsboro Woman’s Club, planted pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month and Week of the Young Child.
The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of child abuse. The blue and silver pinwheels are symbols of child abuse prevention, representing community efforts to provide children with the safe, stable, nurturing, and healthy relationships they need to thrive. This was recognized in N.C. Governor Pat McCrory’s proclamation of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. He said that “effective child abuse prevention strategies succeed through partnerships.”
Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina promote the use of pinwheel garden projects to bring attention to the need to change behavior, attitudes and social norms to value children and their well being. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a partner in the national movement.
About Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and more than 600 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 39 states, the U.S. Territories,Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. More information can be found at www.preventchildabuse.org or www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org.
About Wayne Community College
Wayne Community College is a public, two-year college with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, it serves 15,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 100 college credit programs.