FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MARCH 30, 2016
Jennifer Hartshorne, Director of Communications, (850) 339-9438
First Lady Ann Scott Participates in 2016 Pinwheels for Prevention
Tallahassee, FL – First Lady Ann Scott today hosted Tallahassee children and guests at the Florida Governor’s Mansion to kick off the 2016 Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels for Prevention promotes healthy, happy childhoods for all children. More than 70,000 blue and silver pinwheels are expected to be planted across Florida in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month observances in April.
Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott said, “As a mother and grandmother, it is incredibly important to me that children in Florida are safe and have the opportunity to get a great education. We must continue working every day to ensure families receive the support and resources they need to thrive. I am honored to participate in such a wonderful cause during Florida’s Child Abuse Prevention Month to support more children across Florida and the nation. My hope is that every child can achieve their dreams and have a happy childhood in Florida.”
Florida’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is part of a national movement to change the way we think about prevention by emphasizing the important role individuals, businesses, government agencies and community and faith-based organizations play in healthy child, family and community development. The campaign symbol, a blue and silver pinwheel, is a reminder of the happy childhoods and bright futures all children deserve. The campaign is a partnership of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Prevent Child Abuse Florida and numerous community partners.
Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll said, “Protecting and nurturing Florida’s children is our highest priority. Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to help our communities understand that everyone plays a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. Simple, everyday acts of kindness can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child.”
Chris Lolley, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida said, “Partners across the state have come together to ensure Florida’s children have the best chance for happy environments and healthy development. When you see blue and silver pinwheels planted in your community, be reminded about the happy childhoods they represent and consider how you can help families in your area. Through our collective efforts, we can increase opportunities for children to thrive.”
Today’s event also served as the debut for a partnership between Prevent Child Abuse Florida, the Florida Trucking Association and Rowland Transportation. The trio has teamed up to wrap a tractor trailer with child abuse prevention messages. This “rolling billboard” will be featured at a number of Child Abuse Prevention Month events throughout the state and in service on Florida’s roads and highways for a year.
Ken Armstrong, president and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association, said, “Trucking professionals care deeply about the health and safety of the families in the communities where they work and live. We are pleased to join the statewide effort to raise awareness of this critical children’s issue.”
To find a Child Abuse Prevention Month event in your area, visit www.ounce.org/CAPevents.asp.