The pinwheel serves as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. It is a reflection of hope,health and safety – what PCAV and our parent organization, Prevent Child Abuse America, desire for children throughout Virginia and everywhere.
Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide public awareness campaign that puts a new spin on prevention. The campaign uses community activities and public policies to prioritize prevention right from the start, making sure child abuse and neglect never occur. This uplifting symbol of childhood represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of children, while recognizing that child development is a building block for community and economic development.
When children don’t have equal opportunities for growth and development, we put the future of our society at risk. A focus on innovative programming that lays the foundation for children’s safety, growth and development reduces the possibility of more serious problems occurring later. When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community and economic development.
PCAV and other PCAA chapters throughout the nation do not use pinwheels to represent children who have been abused or who have died as a result of abuse or neglect. The Blue Ribbon – a signature national symbol which was launched in Virginia- is still used to represent children who have been harmed. The pinwheel is our primary vehicle for conveying that prevention works.
Every April – during Child Abuse Prevention Month – PCAV and many of its 43 partner organizations around the state plant pinwheel gardens in honor of children in their communities. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond hosts the state’s signature pinwheel garden every year near a lake in the Children’s Garden. Each year, volunteers plant nearly 4,000 pinwheels to celebrate Virginia youths.
PCAV invites you to join the “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign in Virginia. More information about how you can get involved, order pinwheels and learn more about this movement can be found below.
PLANT A PINWHEEL GARDEN - Show Your Support for Children in Your Community
COST of Pinwheels
- $1 per pinwheel for individuals, businesses and for-profit entities + 5% sales tax for Virginia residents + postage
- * $.75 cents per pinwheel for nonprofit, civic and governmental (city or state) organizations + 5% sales tax for Virginia residents + postage
PCAV has everything you need for a successful pinwheel garden. Contact email@example.com for customize-able yard signs, work plans for pinwheel gardens, and more!
If you’re interested in planting a pinwheel garden in April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, please fill out our order form. PCAV will contact you to complete your order.
Please Note: If you are a PCAV affiliate or chapter seeking to purchase pinwheels at your affiliate or chapter rate, please contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinwheels for Prevention Order Form
Ideal places to plant pinwheel gardens include near your mailbox, in your front yard, at your church or school, or in front of a business or community building.
Postage and shipping charges will apply if the pinwheels are mailed to you. All proceeds benefit PCAV and its mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of children in the Commonwealth.
PINWHEELS PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
Unless the ground is very soft, it is easiest to “plant” pinwheels by first making a hole in the ground with a large Phillips Head screwdriver. Then insert the stick of the pinwheel and tamp the ground around it.