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April 17, 2014
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Pinwheels for Prevention promotes safe and healthy children in Grand

GRANBY — Those passing through Granby may have noticed a ‘whimsical’ addition to the usual scene. Pinwheels have been displayed in front of Granby Chamber and along Agate Avenue as local organizations come together in awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect in Grand County.

Such an event is timely given that Kids Count in Colorado, a child-focused annual data report released last week, cited Grand County with a child abuse and neglect rate of 8.5 for every 1,000 children, a rate above the state-wide average.

Grand Beginnings works to leverage partnerships and resources to ensure quality early childhood services exist to support healthy development, school readiness and family engagement in Grand County. Grand County’s Department of Social Services also works in the interest of families, providing child protection services, as well as a variety of safety net services for families in need. Recognizing common values, these two organization have come together to coordinate a 2014 Pinwheels for Preventions event in Grand County.

Pinwheels for Prevention began as a grassroots campaign in small communities across America and grew into a nationwide movement in 2008 to raise awareness to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. For this event, awareness is represented via a town-wide display of pinwheels, which reminds people of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy, and full lives that all children in deserve.

Anyone interested in learning more can contact Grand Beginnings by at 970-725-3391 or by email at

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The Sky-Hi News Updated Apr 18, 2014 09:40AM Published Apr 17, 2014 05:34PM Copyright 2014 The Sky-Hi News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.