Blue pinwheels for abuse prevention

Judy Carnes of CAYA and Peg Roth plant blue pin wheels at the Clarkston Mills. Photo by Phil Custodio

BY PHIL CUSTODIO

Clarkston News Editor

Blue pinwheels are popping up in town along with spring flowers, but what do they mean?

That depends, said Judy Carnes of Clarkston Area Youth Assistance.

“For elementary students, they’re a reminder to be kind and welcoming,” Carnes said. “For secondary students, they also include a reminder to stand up for others. For adults, they’re a reminder to help youth feel safe, hopeful, and welcomed throughout the community.”

The nonprofit group CAYA is distributing the Pinwheels for Prevention to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. In general, the blue spinners are a reminder childhood should be filled with hope, happiness, and kindness.

Cards with age-specific messages were  attached by high school volunteers with Team RUSH.

Bowman Chevrolet is also joining the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign this month.

“April is National Child Abuse Prevention month and a pinwheel serves as reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children,” said Katie Bowman Coleman, president, Bowman Chevrolet. “No child should suffer any form of abuse or neglect. We encourage all community members to stop by Bowman Chevrolet during April to pick up a free pinwheel and show your support for all kids.”

Pinwheels are also available, each for $1 donation, at the Clarkston Independence District Library, Brioni Café and Deli, Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington Management in the Clarkston Mills, Clarkston State Bank, Millpond Inn, Oxford Bank, and the Gateway.

CAYA’s Pinwheels for Prevention Program began in 2016. Permanent sponsors include the City of the Village of Clarkston, Clarkston Community Schools, Independence Township, and Springfield Township. For more information, visit bowmanchevrolet.com. Call CAYA at 248-623-4313.