An annual event will launch National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Livingston County in Howell this week.

The LACASA Center’s CAP, or Child Abuse Prevention Council, has held its “Plant a Pinwheel Celebration” each year since 2009. Community members gather to place pinwheels in areas where they can be seen to spark conversation about preventing child abuse.

On Wednesday, April 4th at noon, community members are invited to help plant a pinwheel garden on the front lawn of the Howell Carnegie Library. CAP Council Coordinator Holly Naylor tells WHMI the pinwheel was selected ten years ago by Prevent Child Abuse America as the national symbol for the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign.

Naylor says it is necessary to prevent neglect and abuse before it can occur to ensure a child can grow up safe, healthy and whole. The pinwheel gardens will remain on display at the library and other locations throughout the month of April to serve as a reminder of the campaign. More information about Pinwheels for Prevention and LACASA’s Cap Council can be found through the link below. (JK)