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Why pinwheels are being 'planted' around the Quad Cities

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to put a spotlight on awareness and prevention, advocates are planting pinwheel gardens in the area.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to put a spotlight on awareness and prevention, advocates are planting a pinwheel garden in Davenport.

The Child Abuse Council of the Quad Cities and St. Ambrose planned to host a pinwheel garden dedication at the Health and Human Services Building on Wednesday, March 31. 

"St. Ambrose is pleased to partner again this year with the Child Abuse Council in planting a pinwheel garden on our campus in recognition that every child deserves a safe and joyful childhood,” said Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, President of St. Ambrose. “By working together as a community, we all can play a part in promoting the well-being of children and strengthening families.”

The ceremony on Wednesday afternoon is not open to the public, but community members are invited to stop by and see the garden, which will be up throughout April.

Other pinwheel gardens will be planted around the Quad Cities area, including in Muscatine, Rock Island, and Moline.

The QC Child Abuse Council defines child abuse in different categories of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.  Indicators of child abuse include change in behavior, lacking adult supervision, unexplained marks or bruises, frequent school absences, or parental rejection or lack of interest.

Resources are made available on the Child Abuse Council of the Quad Citise website, showing how you can help spot and prevent child abuse and neglect.