Pinwheel Garden stands as symbol of child abuse awareness

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SALT LAKE CITY — Students, faculty and school district officials planted Utah's first Pinwheel Garden of the year on Friday at Rose Park Elementary.

The event launched Prevent Child Abuse Utah's activities planned throughout April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

First the students took part in a safety and awareness assembly, where they learned three simple safety rules: Listen to you "uh-oh feeling," say no, and go tell someone you trust.

Following the assembly, all students and faculty surrounded the school with pinwheels, showing a combined effort to keep Utah's children safe. It's all part of a statewide campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention.

"Everybody needs to be aware of child abuse prevention, and to know they play a part in that piece of the program," said Suzanne Lelolenni, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Utah.

Lelolenni's organization has distributed 50,000 free pinwheels across the state as the centerpiece of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. It is part of a national campaign that has seen more than 2.3 million pinwheels displayed since April 2008.


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