Pinwheels for Prevention – Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month you will see a little more blue and lots of pinwheels here at the Club! But why?

The pinwheels represent a commitment to making our community a safe and nurturing place for all kids and families. We want all children to live in stable, loving, and stimulating environments – at home, in school, and in the community.

On Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 pm we will be hosting a Pinwheels for Prevention event at Boys & Girls Club of Appleton to highlight what we can do as individuals and communities to support children and families here in the Fox Valley. The event is sponsored by the Outagamie County Citizen Review Panel.

Speakers include:

  • Pastor Larry Creamer, Chair, Outagamie County Citizen Review Panel
  • Thomas Nelson, Outagamie County Executive
  • Greg Lemke-Rochon, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley
  • Lori Hewitt and Michelle Brown, Outagamie County Social Workers from the Community Connections Program

Also join us to plant a pinwheel garden as a visual reminder of the commitment and promise that every child deserves a great childhood.

Pinwheel Prevention: Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect Month

All children deserve great childhoods. As a community, we have the ability to help assure children grow up in safe, stable and nurturing environments.


Join us in making a difference in the life of a child. Here are some things you can continue to do all year long.

  • Really listen to a child and understand that children need undivided attention when they talk. Be patient and remember that they move at a different pace in their little worlds.
  • Make special time for a child that you care about.
  • Run an errand, bake cookies or prepare a meal for a new parent in your neighborhood.
  • Smile and acknowledge that “it’s tough work” when you see a parent coping with a stressful situation in public.
  • Remind caregivers that you know what a great job they are doing.
  • Listen to parents when they tell you about their challenges.
  • Advocate for programs like the Boys & Girls Club that provide families with support.

Play! Playing and interacting with your child is one of the most important things you can do to help your child learn. This also is a time to build a bond with your child and help him or her develop a sense of competence and self-worth. Here are 30 Ways to Connect with a Child.

To learn more about child abuse prevention and for more ideas how to become involved; visit:

The Citizen Review Panel is a group of citizen-volunteers who are federally mandated to conduct an evaluation of their state’s child protective services. Our citizen review panel provides opportunities for community members to play an integral role in ensuring that the child protection system is protecting children from abuse and neglect and helping find permanent, safe and stable homes for children when necessary. The citizen review panel represents points of view of the community and consumers, working in partnership with citizens, community agencies, and county child protective services. To learn more visit:

Pinwheel Prevention: Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect Month