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Recognition efforts to include separate Pinwheel Walk & Awareness Festival events
(Pitt County) — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Firs designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, this April marks the 36th anniversary of the national awareness effort. In joining the national effort to focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, Pitt County Department Social Services (DSS) staff will participate in several key events throughout the month.
AWARENESS WALK: On Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:00am, DSS staff will hold a special Pinwheel Planting & Awareness Walk in front of the County Administrative Office Building, located at 1717 West 5th Street in Greenville. Introduced in 2008 by Prevent Child Abuse America, the blue pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through the Pinwheels for Prevention® program. Approximately 125 blue pinwheels will be placed by DSS in the roundabout in front of the County Offices, where they will remain on display throughout the entire month of April. Once the pinwheels have been “planted,” staff will embark on a one-mile walk throughout the surrounding area, displaying signs and banners promoting public awareness. The following Friday, April 5, staff will continue this recognition effort with Wear Blue Day; where all staff will wear the color blue in solidarity with the victims of child abuse.
AWARENESS FESTIVAL: For the first time ever, Pitt County DSS will be hosting a special Awareness Festival event to promote child abuse awareness and prevention resources. The festival will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2:00pm-6:00pm at the Town Common, located at 101 East 1st Street in Greenville. The festival will feature music, public speakers, and family friendly events; along with local food and resource vendors. DSS will be offering presentations throughout the event to inform and equip attendees, with the tools and knowledge needed to identify and prevent child abuse in their community.
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, all residents of Pitt County are encouraged to help make a difference in their community towards preventing child abuse. Volunteering, mentorship, abuse advocacy, donating to DSS, and simply just not being afraid to speak up when you see something is wrong, are all ways to make a difference in the lives of a most vulnerable population. To learn more about DSS efforts to prevent child abuse in Pitt County, along with ways you can help, call 252-902-1110, or visit www.PittCountyNC.gov/CAPM.