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CASA of Lexington to plant pinwheels to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention

April is national child abuse prevention month. This Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington gather at the Raising Cane’s located at 2555 Nicholasville Road in Lexington to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse.

A proclamation will be presented in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA of Lexington will be joined by community leaders and representatives who will plant pinwheels to demonstrate their belief every child deserves to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

The pinwheel is being used nationwide to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention. It was chosen to represent hope and promise.

Child abuse is a real issue for the state of Kentucky and Fayette County. According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, last year there were 1,418 children with substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in Fayette County.

After the press conference people driving past the Raising Cane’s location on Nicholasville Road will see 1,418 pinwheels on the lawn surrounding the restaurant during the month of April.

“This is an annual opportunity to show our unified commitment to children. We hope seeing the visual of pinwheels will motivate individuals to action for this very important cause,” said Melynda Jamison, Executive Director of CASA of Lexington.

The hope is through awareness people will be motivated to do something to work towards prevention and ultimately lower the number of children with cases in our community. There are many organizations committed to children and their well-being in Lexington.

CASA of Lexington is one organization where you can show your commitment to children through volunteering. The organization is currently recruiting for volunteers to serve as advocates and provide a voice for child abuse and neglect victims in the family court system.

To learn more or to find out how to volunteer with CASA of Lexington visit the website at www.CASAofLexington.org.

From CASA of Lexington

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