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Lansing Brings Awareness To Preventing Child Abuse

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month and those who were at the awareness rally Tuesday left a colorful mark at the Capitol.

As blue and silver pinwheels spun in the wind adults and children alike had big smiles on their faces.

The pinwheels may be a lot of fun, but they carry an important message: preventing child abuse.

“It’s the idea that everybody individually, there's something they can do to support children and families in their communities in the state of Michigan,” said Michael Foley, Executive Director, children’s trust fund.

In 2013 the state of Michigan received almost 34,000 reports of abused or neglected children. That costs the nation about $124 billion per year to respond to those reports. The pinwheels serve as a reminder of those numbers.

“Every child deserves to be in a nurturing and loving environment, to grow up to his or her full potential,” said Emily Schuster-Wachsberger, council coordinator, children’s trust fund.

Roughly 300 blue and silver pinwheels were planted Tuesday.

“We acknowledge the wonderful work that they all do, and to kind of re-double their efforts when they go back to their communities, to really think about what they can do to really support their families and children in their respective communities.

Although the pinwheels won't remain in the garden at the Capitol for long, those at the rally walked away with a good message and a reminder.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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