Pinwheels highlight prevention in Tuscarawas County

NEW PHILADELPHIA A few rain drops did not dampen the enthusiasm of 12 volunteers that placed over 1,000 silver pinwheels with blue stems on the Tuscarawas County Courthouse steps Monday.

Doug and Kristen Shoup supplied the truck to bring the forms to the courthouse. Each pinwheel is placed into a six-hole form. Cathy Bickford of the Sheriff’s Department along with Vanessa Stergios, Child Advocacy coordinator, and Robin Bowdish, council manager of Tuscarawas County Family and Child First and Mandy Prosser, Protective Services with the Job and Family Services. Also volunteering were employees of the Job and Family Services and several other individuals.

The individual pinwheels are designed to create public awareness of children involved in a report of abuse or neglect.

Tuscarawas County Data for 2016 show 1,397 reports of child abuse and neglect. A majority of the cases were due to alcohol, drugs and sexual abuse. Seventy children came into foster care and 44 children were placed with relatives.

The County Child Advocacy Center served 82 victims in 2016.

Two banners are placed at the top of courthouse steps — one says each pinwheel represents a case of child abuse or neglect in the county. The other banner simply says “Prevent Child Abuse.”

Several banners are displayed on poles in the New Philadelphia square.

Stergios was thankful for the volunteers that helped. She said many hands make short work and the rain held off.

“Tuscarawas County has the most beautiful pinwheel display in Ohio,” Stergios said.

The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is promoting #inthenext30 minutes’ campaign.

Everyone is encouraged to wear blue on April 12, take a selfie and post it to the Tuscarawas County Child and Animal Abuse Prevention Facebook Page.

At 1 p.m. on April 12 a special program will be presented at York Elementary.

 

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