With pinwheel planting, local mayors raising awareness of child abuse prevention

Spring breezes will set hundreds of pinwheels spinning Saturday morning during a joint Council Bluffs-Omaha celebration of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The fourth annual Pinwheels for Prevention will start at 10 a.m. at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
The event will begin at both ends of the bridge as Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, along with the public, ceremoniously plant blue pinwheels at the entrances, then move to the center for a joint proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
A Pinwheels for Prevention 5K and kids’ run starts at 10:15 a.m., also at the bridge. The 5K is $40, and the 1K kids’ run is $20. Register at runsignup.com.
“It’s a very exhilarating celebration,” said Jean Armstrong, coordinator of the Shaken Baby Task Force. “Last year, we had about 300 people, so it keeps growing every year.”
The event is sponsored by the Shaken Baby Task Force, Metropolitan Child Advocacy Coalition Prevention Committee and Prevent Child Abuse Pottawattamie County. They will have 400 pinwheels available this year, she said.
Prevent Child Abuse America’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign promotes healthy child development and positive parenting, Armstrong said.
“Child abuse is 100 percent preventable, and we just need to be patient, be good parents, praise your child regularly, set a good example that limits (what they do) but mostly rewards and praises them every day,” she said.
Families with children and community members are encouraged to attend the event.
Everyone is encouraged to wear royal blue to raise awareness.

Source: Spring breezes will set hundreds of pinwheels spinning Saturday morning during a joint Council Bluffs-Omaha celebration of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The fourth annual Pinwheels for Prevention will start at 10 a.m. at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. The event will begin at both ends of the bridge as Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, along with the public, ceremoniously plant blue pinwheels at the entrances, then move to the center for a joint proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention Month. A Pinwheels for Prevention 5K and kids’ run starts at 10:15 a.m., also at the bridge. The 5K is $40, and the 1K kids’ run is $20. Register at runsignup.com. “It’s a very exhilarating celebration,” said Jean Armstrong, coordinator of the Shaken Baby Task Force. “Last year, we had about 300 people, so it keeps growing every year.” The event is sponsored by the Shaken Baby Task Force, Metropolitan Child Advocacy Coalition Prevention Committee and Prevent Child Abuse Pottawattamie County. They will have 400 pinwheels available this year, she said. Prevent Child Abuse America’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign promotes healthy child development and positive parenting, Armstrong said. “Child abuse is 100 percent preventable, and we just need to be patient, be good parents, praise your child regularly, set a good example that limits (what they do) but mostly rewards and praises them every day,” she said. Families with children and community members are encouraged to attend the event. Everyone is encouraged to wear royal blue to raise awareness.