Nelson Child Abuse Prevention Pinwheels 2017

Since April, you may have seen pinwheel gardens
spinning in front of schools and churches around the City of Newport News. These are a symbol of National Child Abuse
Prevention Month, which focuses on developing strong, nurturing communities to build hope. The pinwheel is the national symbol of the
great childhood that all children deserve to experience, free of violence and abuse,
and filled with loving, nurturing, and healthy environments for growth. In April, the City of Newport News Blue Ribbon
Committee hosted the 8th Annual Newport News Silent Children’s Garden, at Boulevard Park
on the corner of Warwick and J. Clyde Morris Boulevards. The city-wide Opening Ceremony started with
the presentation of colors by Menchville High school’s JROTC cadets. And students from Nelson Elementary’s Leadership
Club were selected to share some facts about children in the state of Virginia. During the month of February, students at
Nelson created and sold Care Grams to grow their own Silent Garden. By raising over 100 dollars, Nelson’s 4th
and 5th grade leadership students planted 100 pinwheels in front of their school, a
visual reminder of Nelson’s dedication to preventing child abuse. This is just one positive image within our
community, schools, and churches to help insure that all children experience a great childhood
as they become our future.

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