McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 11, 2013

Women’s club brings awareness to child abuse prevention with pinwheels

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER —   A local women’s club wants bring awareness to child abuse prevention with pinwheels.

Angie Sellmeyer is a member of Cornerstone Creations Department of McAlester Fortnightly Club within the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

She said April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and said her group wants to bring awareness to the issue by giving away pinwheels and planting pinwheel gardens in McAlester.

“The project is in conjunction with GFWC’s Partner Prevent Child Abuse America,” Sellmeyer said.

She said the pinwheels are a symbol for child abuse, neglect and prevention.

“The pinwheel is a reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve,” Sellmeyer said.

She it’s part of a nation-wide program called the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign.

“Its an effort by to change the way our nation thinks about prevention and how we can deliver on our commitment to America's children,” Sellmeyer said.

“Parents can bring their children to three different locations during the month of April to receive a free mylar pinwheel,” she said.

With each pinwheel the parent will receive a brochure explaining how to prevent child abuse in their home and neighborhood.

The pinwheels will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. at the following locations:

Monday at Shared Blessings, 1558 South Main Street.  

Wednesday at Hope House, 1210 E. Cherokee and Youth Emergency Shelter, 904 North 9th Street.

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