WARREN - In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Trumbull County Children Services in conjunction with the Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley's Child Advocacy Center and the Ohio Children's Trust Fund is hosting a Pinwheels for Prevention event.
This week, the 1,667 pinwheel floats were assembled at TCCS.
The number of pinwheels reflected the total number of child abuse reports received in Trumbull County during 2013.
Olivia, 10, who is in the care of Trumbull County Children Services in Warren, helps place small pinwheels onto a large float that will be showcased starting Friday as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Bob Coupland
Kelly Lockhart with TCCS said the pinwheel display is part of a monthlong campaign by Prevent Child Abuse Ohio to enhance community awareness about child abuse and neglect, and to encourage support for prevention.
She said each pinwheel represents one report of child maltreatment in the county.
''Today, the pinwheels also represent adults who provide a voice and advocate for children. Tomorrow, the pinwheels will represent children who are growing up in safe, loving families,'' she said.
At 10 a.m. Friday, 1,667 pinwheels will be planted in a display located at TCCS' grounds, 2282 Reeves Road N.E., Warren.
State Rep. Sean O'Brien will speak at the event. Other officials will offer remarks, including the Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.
Prevent Child Abuse America's national signature campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention, is based on the belief that while the public understands that child abuse is a serious problem, there is less understanding of what it means to prevent child abuse and neglect, or that everyone plays a role in prevention. Here are steps anyone can all take:
For more information about these events and child abuse prevention, call 330-372-2010.