School pinwheel project signals April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Office Manager Gayle Mondt at Winchester Elementary School holds some of the pinwheels the transitional kindergarten students made at their school March 28 with the help of the Winchester Women’s Club. The pinwheels signify a happy childhood that all children should enjoy and in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Tony Ault photo
Office Manager Gayle Mondt at Winchester Elementary School holds some of the pinwheels the transitional kindergarten students made at their school March 28 with the help of the Winchester Women’s Club. The pinwheels signify a happy childhood that all children should enjoy and in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Tony Ault photo

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Hemet and Winchester women’s club members have been working with Diamond Valley Middle School and Winchester Elementary School students on a project to educate children and their parents about child abuse.

The project, called “Pinwheels for Prevention,” began March 21 with members of the Hemet Women’s Club. Diamond Valley Principal Robert Dominquez and Women’s Club members gave the students a presentation, and helped them construct colorful pinwheels as a symbol and a reminder of the happy childhood that we all want for children. It is the third year for the project.

A DVMS school spokesperson said the pinwheels have been carefully boxed up and will be placed in a Pinwheel Garden in May during the school’s Spring Fling event.

The Winchester Women’s Club met with the Winchester Elementary School Principal Mark Delano Tuesday, March 28, and worked with the transitional kindergarten students on the pinwheels that will be similarly put on display.

The women’s clubs, in forwarding this project, sincerely believe in doing what they can to educate people and make them aware of child abuse and what it does to children. The Prevent Child Abuse website is an excellent resource and is now offering a “Parenting Tip of the Week” that the clubs believe can be a valuable tool for all parents. See www.preventchildabuse.org/reso…/pinwheels-for-prevention/.

Prevent Child Abuse is a sponsor of the “Pinwheels for Prevention” program. In 2008, they introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions to remind everyone of the great childhoods we want for all children.

The Prevent Child Abuse program notes the responsibility of all parents to help children have an equal opportunity for healthy growth and development and to make sure they are raised in a supportive and stable environment and to become academically and financially successful. The Hemet and Winchester women’s clubs have sponsored the Pinwheels for Prevention program in the Hemet Unified School District for the past three years.

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