April 6th -April Strengthening Families Month Proclamation
Join Councilman Evans, Roger Sherman from Idaho Children’s Trust Fund and community members as we rally to encourage public awareness of Strengthening Families; child abuse and neglect prevention and awareness month, and promote community involvement!
April 6th -Wear Blue Day!!
Wear your Blue to highlight awareness of child abuse prevention! Take a picture of you or your group wearing blue and send to melanie@stvincentdepaulcda
Where: McEuen Park, Veterans Memorial
420 E Front Ave., Cda
When: 10:00-11:00 am
Check out the Traveling Pinwheel Display at these locations:
April 2nd-9th Panhandle Health District
April 9th-16th Coeur d’Alene Library
April 16th-23rd Harding Family Center
April 23rd-30th Post Falls Boys and Girls Club
For more information about family resiliency & using protective factors to prevent child abuse visit strengtheningfamiliesni.com
For a resource directory for families in our community, visit NIFamily.com
Click above for April Community Events
Do you know what pinwheels have to do with Strengthening Families Month in April?
Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide public awareness campaign intended to heighten the awareness and expand opportunities to Strengthening Families. The concept was created by Prevent Child Abuse America as more than just an awareness campaign. The goal of Pinwheels for Prevention is to challenge the entire community to take action toward preventing child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place. Research shows that when the following 5 protective factors are present and strong in a family, the likelihood of abuse and neglect diminish.
* Parental Resilience * Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development * Social Connections *Social & Emotional Competence of Children * Concrete Support in Times of Need
The pinwheel represents hope, health and happiness.
The campaign is built around the symbol of the pinwheel. Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting token of childhood. Pinwheels for Prevention campaigns highlight how the choices we make every day can create positive change. Collectively and individually we can create healthy and supportive communities through advocacy efforts, program development, collaboration, inclusion and education.
When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in the community.
We invite your agency or group to display Pinwheels for Prevention as symbols of change during the month of April. The pinwheel symbol will appeal to children, families and advocates and is easily adaptable for marketing the message through a variety of mediums. It also encourages us to change the way we communicate this prevention message to our audience from one of awareness of the problem to solutions of effective prevention.
Here are some ideas to participate in this campaign.
1. Plant a pinwheel garden
2. Decorate store front windows, schools, or the front of your building
3. A school or child care program may want to have students color the Pinwheel coloring sheet and “plant” a garden on a wall or window.
4. Sponsor a coloring contest using the coloring sheet
5. Create “pinwheel bouquets” in vases or pails that can be displayed
Please join our Strengthening Families Leadership Team by participating in the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in Idaho during the entire month of April.
We encourage you to take action and join us now!
Thank you for your support!
Print these to make or color your own Pinwheel!