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Pinwheels for Prevention at South Elementary School

Shiny blue and silver pinwheels are popping up around the Metro area this month to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, kindergarten and first grade students in West Fargo and Fargo each received a blue pinwheel to "plant" in Pinwheel Gardens near the entrance of their schools, on window sills, or bulletin boards.

The program was made possible through a grant from Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota and the Fargo CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Month Task Force. Schools were provided packets of materials and activities to create public awareness.

Students in Brianne Nelson's first grade class at South Elementary enjoyed the sunny weather on Friday afternoon to plant their pinwheels. The boys in the class were the first to plant their pinwheels in the ground, then the girls planted theirs.

"They stand for all of the kids in your school, and all of the kids at other schools, so it doesn't matter if you don't remember where you put yours," Nelson reassured her students. "It's also a reminder that it's important to treat each other with respect," she added.

The campaign asks parents and neighborhoods to help prevent child abuse and neglect by getting involved and asking questions. Together, we can make a difference.