Pinwheel Project to raise child abuse awareness; garden to be ‘planted’ next month | Local News

RACINE — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2021, there were 222 confirmed cases of child abuse in Racine County.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, the Guardians of the Children-Belle City chapter will plant a “Pinwheel Garden” on the Racine County Courthouse lawn. This garden will have 222 pinwheels in it: one for every confirmed case in Racine County last year.

The Pinwheel Project’s purpose is for the Racine community to come out and stand united against child abuse. This awareness event is the start of a monthlong campaign.

Pinwheel garden

Each of the 131 pinwheels in the pinwheel garden on the lawn of the Racine County Courthouse, pictured year in April 2021, represents one confirmed case of child abuse in the county in 2020. This was a 29% decrease from the year prior, but officials suspect cases were underreported due to the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Adam Rogan

In addition to the Pinwheel Project garden, the chapter will be placing blue pinwheel sticker decals on storefront windows of downtown Racine businesses to raise child abuse awareness in the community. The hope is that the pinwheels will capture the attention of the public and make aware the reality of child abuse.

Guardians of the Children is nonprofit motorcycle organization that serves to benefit the communities they live in by educating the public and spreading awareness of the prevalence of child abuse in society.

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