FIRST GRADERS from Ontonagon County schools smile outside their schools during a pinwheel planting project recently. Above, Ewen-Trout Creek School students include, from left, first row: Riley Voigt, Samantha Badgero, Cameryn Cichy, Ben Lundberg, Evelyn Deerwester, Addisyn Avedisian, Kailey Maki, Gentry Huettl and Craig Sullivan; second row: Thomas Logghe, Kia McMahon, Chase Goll, Timmy Isabel, Jolie Anderson, Mason Lind, Braedyn Kirtland, Rex Strong and Aaron Lesinski.
First grade students in Ontonagon County recently participated in the "Pinwheels for Prevention" campaign by planting pinwheel gardens at the Ontonagon Area School and Ewen-Trout Creek School.
The campaign, unveiled by Prevent Child Abuse America, introduces the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide. "It is a reflection of the hope, health and safety that we desire for our children," said Paula Domitrovich, of the Ontonagon County Children's Trust Fund.
The pinwheel represents Prevent Child Abuse America's efforts to change the way the nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.
"It represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide, while recognizing that child development is a building block for community development and economic development," Domitrovich said. "Shining in the sun, the pinwheel is reflective of the bright future all children deserve and our belief that getting it right early is less costly than trying to fix it later."
The first graders helped plant the pinwheel gardens to raise awareness in the Ontonagon and Ewen communities. The project was initiated by the Ontonagon County Children's Trust Fund.
"As a community, we can learn more about child abuse prevention, lend your voice to bring about change for children, volunteer your time and talent," Domitrovich said. "Becoming a foster parent is a great way to support children in our community."
For more information, contact Domitrovich at 906-884-4539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.