Children’s Hospital staff plant pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness Month

Two women kneel down and place plastic pinwheels into the ground by hand. Several pinwheels are in the foreground, close to the camera. A building with the words “Children’s Hospital” is in the near background.Dr. Sarah Sotelo, left, and Nicole Smith, a child protection program coordinator with Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, “plant” pinwheels in the mulch on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

In observation of Child Abuse Awareness Month, 481 blue pinwheels have been “planted” in front of Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

April 4, 2022Penn State Health News

The blue pinwheel is a symbol for the prevention of child abuse, and intended as a reminder that everyone can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in the community.

Each pinwheel represents a child who was seen and treated by the Center for the Protection of Children at the Children’s Hospital in the last year. The Center sees children at Hershey Medical Center and at outpatient clinic sites for suspected physical abuse, neglect or sexual abuse. Referrals come from community agencies such as Children and Youth Services and from physicians in the community.

Planting pinwheels at Penn State Children's Hospital

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