In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through their Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. This year, the Hamilton Area YMCA is joining the campaign to bring attention to the critical issue of child abuse prevention in our community.
In early April, children in the YMCA’s Y’s Owl Preschool and early learning programs planted 100 blue pinwheels on the lawn of the organization’s JKR Branch on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. The pinwheels will remain on display throughout the month of April to remind the community of the role everyone can play in ensuring all children enjoy a healthy, happy childhood.
Children in the Y’s Before and After School Programs and other youth development programs also participated in awareness activities by making their own pinwheels, and information pieces about child abuse prevention was sent home to parents.
“The Hamilton Area YMCA has served as a steward of children in our community for the last 65 years,” said President and CEO David Kisselback. “We owe it to our children to be vigilant, to know the signs of abuse and neglect, and to do our part to ensure every child can learn and grow in loving, supportive environment.”
To learn more about what the Hamilton Area YMCA is doing to prevent child abuse in our community, visit www.hamiltonymca.org.