pinwheel communities 1Council for Children’s Rights will join other local non-profit agencies and public officials to help launch Mecklenburg County’s third annual Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign on Thursday, April 2, at a press conference at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

Speakers include the Council’s Executive Director Bob Simmons, Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio and Peggy Eagan, director of Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services. Trevor Fuller, chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, and Michael Barnes, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Charlotte, will read a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Joined by schoolchildren, participants will “plant” a pinwheel garden in front of the Government Center following the press conference. The pinwheel has become a symbol of child abuse awareness in North Carolina and across the United States. Shining in the sun, pinwheels are reflective of the bright future all children deserve.

The third annual campaign is organized by the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, which is made up of representatives from government, education, nonprofit and health organizations that work to protect children. These agencies join forces in April because their leaders recognize the need to raise awareness about the critical issue of child abuse. Throughout the month, the team will work to educate Mecklenburg County residents about their legal and moral responsibility to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

The month’s awareness and prevention activities begin with the April 2 press conference, which will be held at 10 a.m. The event will take place outside the Government Center, located at 600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte, in the plaza area facing Fourth Street. In the event of rain, the press conference will be held in the lobby of the Government Center.

Pinwheel gardens will be visible across Mecklenburg County this month as volunteers plant the pinwheels at a variety of locations, including local schools, nonprofits and businesses.

For details about upcoming events, ways to help and more information about the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, visit www.cfcrights.org/issues/pinwheels or find the team on Facebook and Twitter.

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