WILLIAMSON – As part of Child Abuse Awareness Month, a Stomp Out Child Abuse Awareness Walk was held at noon Wednesday in downtown Williamson.
The walk began in front of the Mingo County Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Office and ended at the Mingo County Courthouse.
Family Resource Network (FRN) Director Amy Smith discussed the walk and other events being held in support of Child Abuse Awareness month at a regular meeting of the Strong Through Our Plan (STOP) Coalition later that afternoon.
“Everyone already knows that it is Child Abuse Prevention Month. We have had flag raising ceremonies at every municipality across the county this month. Today, we finished up the last flag raising at the Court House.”
Pinwheel Gardens will also be planted throughout the month of April. According to the Prevent Child Abuse website, “In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention…. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.”
All of the Head Start children in Mingo County will participate in planting pinwheel gardens. Smith explained that some Head Starts have already planted pinwheel gardens. “On Monday, I went to the Williamson Head Start and did a presentation,” Smith stated.
At the meeting, Smith also explained that FRN is now available on Facebook and can be contacted by searching Mingo County Family Resource Network. “Social media is the way to get the word out,” Smith stated. Pictures, photos and videos from the walks and other events hosted by FRN will be available through social media.
Smith also invited the public to attend the next FRN meeting on Thursday, April 28 at noon. “We will meet at Coalfield Cap. We would love to have anybody there. We do round table discussion and announcements. You find out things that are happening in the community and we find ways to work together,” Smith stated.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)