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Preventing Child Abuse

April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and this year’s symbol is the pinwheel. The Rappahannock Area Blue Ribbon Coalition will celebrate with a pinwheel garden this month. They will plant 1,200 pinwheels–each one will represent 100 children served by area nonprofits. 

Want to check out the garden? A kickoff ceremony will be held Sunday, 4 p.m. at the Rappahannock United Way (in front of Shannon Airport off State Route 2).   

 For additional information,  contact Teresa Irvine at the Rappahannock Area Council for Children and Parents at 540-785-6217 or

Want to make your own pinwheels? Check out this PDF courtesy of the Virginia Department of Social Services. And check back throughout the month for more facts about child abuse.