Pinwheels put on the Capitol lawn for Child Abuse Prevention month

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JEFFERSON CITY - More than 50 little pinwheels were set to be put on the Missouri State Capitol lawn Thursday to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention. 

Missouri KidsFirst chose to hold the Pinwheels for Prevention event in April because it is Child Abuse Prevention month. The group holds workshops to teach adults how to create safe environments for children.

The symbol of the pinwheel is meant to remind adults of the happiness of childhood and raise awareness that child abuse is a preventable issue. 

Cherisse Thibaut, manager of prevention and community outreach for Missouri KidsFirst, said it's an adult's responsibility to protect children. 

"We wanted to show that symbol at the State Capitol to help adults connect it with Child Abuse Prevention and then advocate for policies that support children and support Child Abuse Prevention," Thibaut said. 

Thursday, three women will be honored for their work toward putting kids first in the community. One of those women is Carolyn Green, the founding executive director of Child Safe of Central Missouri, Inc. She will receive the "Lifetime of Standing with Children" award.

The other two women, Sen. Jeanie Riddle and Kelly Schultz, director of the Office of Child Advocate, will receive the "Standing with Children" award.

Thibaut suggested that anyone who wants to learn more about Child Abuse Prevention should reach out to Missouri KidsFirst or other child advocacy groups like Child Safe of Central Missouri, Inc.

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