On Saturday, April 5, from 9 AM – noon at The Railyard in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation will hold its first annual Pinwheels for Prevention Picnic to celebrate the start of Child Abuse Prevention month. Join us for:
- Speech from Nebraska’s First Lady Sally Ganem
- Family-friendly band The String Beans
- Bounce house
- Balloon animals
- Face painting
- Toy giveaways
For several years, Prevent Child Abuse America has used the pinwheel as the national symbol of child abuse awareness. In communities across the country, Child Abuse Prevention Councils plant pinwheel gardens to bring awareness to the need for prevention efforts.
“Pinwheels symbolize the safe, happy childhood that every child deserves,” said Kathy Stokes, Director of Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska. “But parenting can be tough. Reaching out for help and education is a sign of strength. And we want Nebraska’s families to know that positive parenting support is available, whether your kids are newborns through teens.”
At the picnic
Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem, a long-time advocate for children, will kick off the event by sharing her thoughts on the importance of prevention efforts and the role every Nebraskan can play.
After the First Lady’s speech, family-friendly band the String Beans will perform. Kids can get airborne in the bounce house and play carnival games, while all guests enjoy snacks and free giveaways and educational materials on positive parenting. Picnickers will plant a pinwheel garden at the event, and take their own pinwheel home as a souvenir.