Pinwheel garden delights children in Fruita
The first of several pinwheel gardens, sponsored by the national Prevent Child Abuse America program and a variety of local child abuse prevention agencies, was created Thursday morning on the lawn of the new Department of Human Services in Fruita.
Children from Fruita’s Head Start program enjoyed free punch and snacks before selecting pinwheels. They ran up and down the lawn, pausing to blow some extra air into the toy, to achieve the fastest possible spin on the blue and silver wheel.
Most importantly, the children were laughing.
“This is just a whimsical representation of how children should be celebrated and not abused,” said Stacey Mascarenas, Fruita city council member.
She hoped that the free toys, to be distributed throughout the valley this month, would remind parents that children were not a negative in their lives, but were a beautiful blessing to be enjoyed.
“We just want them to play and be happy,” Mascarenas said.
The Fruita garden was sponsored by Little Sprout Day Care, Western Valley Family Practice, Wakefield Real Estate, and Mike Daniels of American Family Insurance.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Young Child.
In honor of these designations, a number of local agencies have partnered to organize child abuse awareness events such as the pinwheel gardens.
Those agencies include “How are the Children?,” the Domestic Violence Task Force, Mesa County Department of Human Services, and the Family Violence Prevention Project.
Another pinwheel garden event will take place at noon Friday outside of Houston Hall at Mesa State College.
The largest garden will be planted at the “Day in the Park” event taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Canyon View Park. There will be free hot dogs, drinks and activities for children.