-Local club to host pinwheels on the square and dodgeball tournament fundraiser
Have you ever wondered what those blue pinwheels on the square are all about?
April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and the UNG Prevent Child Abuse Club (PCAC) began placing a garden of blue pinwheels on the lawn of the Gold Museum again this year.
There will be over 100 pinwheels, which represent individuals in Lumpkin County who have been trained, over the last year, in child abuse prevention and awareness through a training called Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training.
The pinwheels are just one of the ways the club and community members come together to support children and families during the month of April and throughout the year.
April brings other activities for PCAC and the community, too.
• Dodgeball Tournament: PCAC will host a dodgeball tournament in Memorial Gym on April 3 at 6 p.m. It is open to the community. All proceeds go to supporting South Enotah Child Advocacy Center. For more information or to sign up a team, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
• Wear blue: The club is asking for everyone to wear blue on Friday, April 5, to show support for children and families during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia also shares some suggestions on how to help support parents and create great childhoods for children in your community while doing what you already love to do:
• Volunteer for an after-school mentoring program.
• Give a new mom a break by bringing over dinner or offering to babysit.
• Coach a youth sports team to teach kids the value of teamwork, and trusting teammates and themselves.
• Encourage families you know to call the 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373) Helpline to talk to trained professionals who will connect them with supportive programs in their area.
• Go online to use the 1-800-CHILDREN Resource Map, at PCAGeorgiaHelpline.org, which contains more than 3,000 local and statewide programs designed to assist and support families.
“Small steps can make a big difference in a child’s life,” explained Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Director, Julia Neighbors. “We want to help people understand that it’s possible to do the things they love—whether it’s by making a meal for a family, reading to or tutoring a child, or just connecting a family with local resources.”
We all share a responsibility for the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children and their families. Prevent Child Abuse Club at UNG and PCA Georgia encourage everyone in the state to do what they love this April and help ensure great childhoods in their community.