Off the Shelf: Child Abuse Prevention Month Blue Pinwheels on Display at Bridgeport Public Library

By Sharon Saye on April 05, 2017 from Off the Shelf via Connect-Bridgeport.com

If you are wondering why the front lawn of the library is festooned with bright blue pinwheels spinning wildly in the April breezes it is because the library is participating with the Harrison County Partners in Prevention to get the word out about Child Abuse Prevention Month.
           
According to the website at www.preventchildabusewv.org “April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. State and local agencies and concerned citizens all work toward the common purpose of preventing child abuse and deliver a powerful, collective message about the importance of protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities.”  
           
The month incorporates Prevent Child Abuse America's symbol for prevention - the pinwheel, and the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. The pinwheel symbolizes the bright future we wish for all our children and the responsibility we have as adults to make that happen.
On a local level, the pinwheel "gardens" and the banner in the front of the library are efforts of the Harrison County Partners in Prevention. This group consists of local agencies (Harrison County Child Advocacy Center, Harrison County CASA, Right from the Start/HAPI Project, WV Birth to Three, Central WV Community Action, Family Resource Network, and the United Summit Center) who work to provide services to children and families year round.
           
The library is honored to help with this project and encourage you to be sure to stop at the children’s circulation desk and ask for a pinwheel of your own.



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