Pinwheel gardens grow to raise awareness of child neglect, abuse

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: May. 22 | Modified: May. 22

Pinwheels are sprouting up along with daisies and lilies, but their purpose is more symbolic, as it’s aimed at curbing neglect and abuse toward children.

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Children’s Council of Watauga County will join thousands of communities throughout the state and nation in making pinwheel gardens.

More than 400 pinwheels will be on display on the lawn of the Jones House to represent each report of child abuse in Watauga County last year.

The pinwheel is the new symbol of child abuse prevention, representing community efforts to provide children with safe, stable and nurturing relationships, according to a Children’s Council news release.

Smaller pinwheel gardens will also be planted at Greenway Baptist Child Development Center, Sugar Grove Developmental Day School, The Children’s Playhouse, First Baptist Church Child Development Center in Blowing Rock and First Baptist Church in Boone.

The Children’s Council is a local non-profit organization, serving as the Smart Start agency of Watauga County. Its efforts focus on early childhood, offering a variety of prevention programs, including the Parents as Teachers program, Incredible Years parenting program, diaper bank, Circles parenting drop-in groups, Teen Parenting program, on-site GED class with child care, family and child care provider resource lending library and more.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit, or call (828) 262-5424.

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