April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and across the Cherry Creek School District, preschool students, teachers, staff and family members are wearing blue and planting pinwheel gardens to show their support for our most precious resource: children. It’s all part of the nationwide “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign, to increase awareness and prevention of child abuse.
“It is our responsibility as adults, as educators, as parents and as concerned citizens to do everything in our power to ensure that all children grow up safe and healthy,” said Stacey Peoples, director of Early Childhood Education for Cherry Creek Schools. “We are proud to partner with our students, teachers, parents and community members to promote child abuse awareness and prevention.”
Blue is the color and the pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention.
Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne kicked off Colorado’s “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign on April 4 during an event at the State Capitol.
"In Colorado, we are lucky to have such a large network of organizations working to support families. Knowing where to get help or support can really make a difference for a parent or caregiver who is struggling," said Lt. Gov. Lynne. "Having a group of neighbors, friends and organizations, such as our campaign partners, helps us all ensure the healthy development of the next generation."
The event served as a reminder for all Coloradoans about the statewide hotline, 1-844-CO-4-KIDS, for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. Last year, calls from community members who are non-mandatory reporters made up 40 percent of the total calls, which was up from 24 percent in 2015. This shift confirms that individuals across our communities are increasingly aware that we all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.
To learn more about child abuse and neglect prevention and activities happening around the state, visit Co4kids.org.