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Pinwheels for Prevention



April 4, 2016

Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

    Lona Carter-Scanlon, Principal, Jefferson Elementary School, (406) 324-2063


Pinwheels for Prevention Parade set for Friday, April 8 in Helena


Parents, volunteers and about 300 Jefferson Elementary School teachers and children will parade to the Capitol on Friday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. in a sea of blue attire waving blue pinwheels to deliver one message: Strong families are the key to Montana’s future.

The event is being held in conjunction with various other National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month activities taking place statewide in April.

The Pinwheels for Prevention Parade will begin at Jefferson Elementary School and end at the Capitol. Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Bear will parade with the students, and Big Sky UAV will film aerial footage.

Jefferson Elementary School students have also created blue pinwheel artwork that will be displayed in the Capitol halls and the Secretary of State’s office through the end of April.

Pinwheels for Prevention is a national public awareness campaign built around the symbol of the pinwheel, which represents a happy and uplifting symbol of childhood and conveys the message that every child deserves the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment.


WHAT:          Pinwheels for Prevention Parade, an event to promote Strong Families, Safe kids and the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Montana

WHO:             All Jefferson Elementary students, teachers, and staff

WHERE:       The parade begins at Jefferson Elementary School and concludes at the Capitol.

WHEN:          Friday, April 8. The parade begins 10:30 a.m. at Jefferson Elementary School.