Sunday, January 15, 2017




Pinwheel campaign launched in Putnam County

A group of Carmel High School students enjoy their creativity. The girls are, from left, Rachel Vetterman,
Madison Riddle, Meredith Jennings, Sarah Stec, Molly Ross and Amanda Thut.

BREWSTER – Pinwheels are symbols of the fight against child abuse and with this being Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend – a time for community service – members of the Child Advocacy Center went to work assembling those symbols.

Child Abuse Awareness Month is fast approaching in April so Friends of the Putnam Child Advocacy Center partnered with Volunteer New York on Saturday to make pinwheels.

Mary Beth Ross, coordinator of the pinwheel program, called them “happy and uplifting tokens of childhood.” She said they are meant “to convey that every child deserves the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.”

Allison Chader, regional coordinator of Volunteer New York, described the day as an “occasion to empower individuals, while strengthening communities, bridging barriers and creating solutions to social problems moving us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘beloved community’.”

Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Marla Behler said by “displaying hundreds of pinwheels and showing support for the children of our communities, residents of Putnam County can help stop abuse before it starts.”

For a second year, pinwheel pots will be sold later this year to promote child abuse prevention awareness month throughout April.

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