Pinwheels for Prevention promotes safe and healthy children in Grand |

Pinwheels for Prevention promotes safe and healthy children in Grand

Michelle Balleck, left to right, Jessica Smolleck, Cathie Hook, Gayle Langley, Katy Lois and Nicole Fuqua stand in front of the Granby Chamber of Commerce office where pinwheels adorn the lawn to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect in Grand County.
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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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