Gannon University Plants Pinwheels For Child Abuse Awareness
Posted: April 11, 2016
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Violence
Awareness Month. As a coordinator or co- coordinator of the Child
Abuse Prevention Task Force for its sixth consecutive year, Gannon
has been planting pinwheels in front of the Robert Morosky Academic
Center with preschoolers from Erie's YMCA.
The planting of the pinwheels will take place at noon on April
11th. Many agencies with an interest in protection and the physical
and psychological health of Erie's children participate in planting
Preschools from several Erie agencies join in on these plantings
and take home a pinwheel as a symbol of their support. Kathleen
Patterson, Ph.D., the director and an assistant professor of the
Villa Maria School of Nursing, said the goal of this initiative is
to decrease the annual number of child abuse incidents and increase
the delivery of parenting and caregiver support services for at
"The Child Abuse Prevention Task Force is committed to the
prevention of child abuse and neglect through advocacy, education
and public awareness," Patterson said.
There are 30 agency representatives in total, Patterson said,
and all of them meet once a month to plan presentations, community
speakers and community outreach targeting child abuse prevention
She said during the month of April there will also be pinwheel
gardens planted at UPMC Hamot and Saint Vincent Hospital. For more
information on upcoming events, Patterson said an event calendar is
set to be published in the Erie Times News listing all dates and
times for opportunities to participate in raising awareness.
This event is free and open to the general public. Please join
us on the Gannon campus as we - as a community - take a stand
against child abuse and pledge our commitment to helping children
in the Erie community stay safe, healthy and happy.