If February is to be remembered for making plans for snow, then let us remember March as the month to make plans for pinwheels.
As we get ready for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, we’re launching our “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign with a challenge from special friends. Child advocates Arthur and Debbie Roedel of the Monmouth Mobile Home Park in Monmouth Junction, NJ, have made already made a $5,000 gift as lead sponsor for this statewide campaign and are challenge urging citizens and communities in all 21 counties to follow their example.
“I’ve always believed that you get back what you put into your community. Our children are no different. I’m asking others to really think about the families living around them and make a commitment to the children in their neighborhoods,” explained Roedel. “If we can do this for our community, I can only imagine what all of New Jersey can do.”
We’ve made it easy for you to get involved by offering free online downloads, educational materials and pinwheel toolkits that allow individuals and groups to play a lead in the month’s activities. Visit www.preventchildabusenj.org/cap for all of these resources.
What will you do for Child Abuse Prevention Month? Organizations and businesses can plant pinwheel gardens in front of their buildings, individuals can wear pinwheel lapel pins, elected officials can issue proclamations for their towns, and communities can sign and display “promise cards” which offer ways they can support the families and children around them. Be sure to tell us about your activities by sharing photos and dates for your community’s events so that we can celebrate your commitment to children. We can’t wait to showcase them on the website and here on the blog!
Remember, IT’S YOUR TURN!