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Pinwheels planted for prevention
Spinning garden promotes Child Abuse Prevention month
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Dawson County Woman’s Club Parliamentary Advisor and Juniorettes Lead Advisor Mary Bob Fox along with the club’s President Georgann Schmalz plant pinwheels in the lawn of Grace Presbyterian Church for child abuse prevention month. The pinwheels will be on display until the end of April. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Drivers passing through downtown Dawsonville will see the lawn of Grace Presbyterian Church filled with 300 shiny pinwheels spinning in the light spring breeze.

Every April for the past eight years, a pinwheel garden has been planted in the city by the Dawson County Woman’s Club and the Dawson County High School Juniorettes in honor of Pinwheels for Prevention, an initiative of Prevent Child Abuse USA.

This year the pinwheels are placed at the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Hwy. 9.

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Dawson County High School Juniorettes President Amberley Terry and Vice President Morgan Marsh plant pinwheels at Grace Presbyterian Church March 29. - photo by Jessica Taylor

“We’ve done this for several years and the Presbyterian Church has always been so gracious to let us plant them here and seem to welcome the fact that we’re here,” said Mary Bob Fox, Woman’s Club parliamentary advisor and Juniorettes Lead advisor. “One time we planted them at the DFACS office but we felt had more visibility here at the intersection of two state highways.”

In 2008, Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new symbol for child abuse prevention as it embodies childish whimsy and serves as a reminder of an idyllic childhood the organization wishes for all children.

“Prevent Child Abuse goes under our category of domestic violence prevention and it is the signature project of not only the general federation of woman’s clubs that’s headquartered in Washington but it’s also our state president’s signature project so we’re proud to do this,” said Fox.

The pinwheels will be on display until the end of April.

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A pinwheel garden has been planted in the lawn of Grace Presbyterian Church in honor of Pinwheels for Prevention, an initiative of Prevent Child Abuse USA, for the month of April. - photo by Jessica Taylor