Letter to the Editor: Pinwheels program making an impact in local Clarkston community

Dear Editor,

Good news! Many to thank!
April’s blue pinwheels have come back this year stronger than ever! Over 1500 blue pinwheels were planted across the Clarkston community in 62 gardens, bouquets, and arranged vases!
Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA) Pinwheels for Prevention Program’s blue pinwheels and new garden signs remind us that everyone has a role to help children and youth feel safe, hopeful, and welcomed throughout the community.
On April 1, the first pinwheel garden of 2021 was planted at a small masked outdoor ceremony hosted by Waterfall Jewelers under their eye-catching digital sign inviting community members to plant blue pinwheels.
The CAYA Pinwheels for Prevention Program Committee’s “thank you” to community members is especially heartfelt this year in what been a very difficult time for everyone. We would like to thank the following Pinwheel supporters, neighbors, and friends for making the Pinwheels for Prevention Program more self-sustaining, while also making the blue pinwheels more visible, and meaningful: Bowman Chevrolet, Calvary Lutheran Church, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, Clarkston Dental Group, Clarkston Family Farm, Clarkston First Congregational Church, Clarkston Independence District Library, Clarkston Travel Bureau, Essence on Main, HealthQuest Physical Therapy, The Gateway, Harrison’s Design and Furniture, Independence Truck Repair, Kinetic Systems Bike Shop, Main Street MI, McLaren Oakland, Morgan Milzow & Ford, Morgan’s Service, Neiman’s Family Market, Old Village Café, Oxford Bank, Planned Financial Services, Rudy’s Quality Market, St. Daniel Catholic Church, The Fed, Union General, Village Fashion Boutique, Washington Management, Waterfall Jewelers, Waterford Bank, Wint Funeral Home, Belinda Seal-Sweet, Carol McCormick, Carrie Wheeler, Frank Liimatta, Jessica McDonald, Diane Putvin, Joshua Turcsak, Leah McLean, Nancy Moon, Tara Hansen, and Nancy Rossi.
CAYA would also like to thank its permanent sponsors for their interest and support: Clarkston Community Schools, Independence Township, Springfield Township, City of the Village of Clarkston, and the Oakland County Circuit Court, Family Division.
Finally, additional support came from CARE House of Oakland County, Oakland County Youth Assistance, Farmington Youth Assistance, Kyle Hughes’s CMS Tech class, Melissa Bridgman’s A World of Difference class, Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, Corey Gott, The Clarkston News, Clarkston Living Magazine, and Clarkston Independence District Library.
While blue pinwheels are mostly visible in April, remember that every month, every week, every day, every hour, and every minute is an opportunity to positively impact someone’s life.
A small act of kindness can leave a lasting impact.
You never know when your small act could be the one that makes a big difference to someone else.

Pinwheels for Prevention Committee
Clarkston Area Youth Assistance

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