April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The symbol for child abuse prevention is the pinwheel, which represents hope, health and happiness. The pinwheel is a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood and represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of children. Additionally, the pinwheels serve as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to create communities that promote healthy environments for children.
The Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program has partnered with the garrison’s elementary schools and child development centers this month in an effort to spread awareness and get the community involved because we all play a role in children’s lives. The community will see pinwheels colored by the children on display in various locations around the garrison. The children will also be making their own pinwheels and “planting” them in their classrooms to create a pinwheel garden.
Our most basic obligation is to support the healthy development of our nation’s children. All children deserve a great childhood because our children are our future.