Keystone Club

Volunteers place pinwheels, bring attention to abuse

by Alex McRae

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Alex McRae

These young people were at the Newnan Municipal Building/Wadsworth Auditorium Tuesday morning assisting with the Pinwheels for Prevention program, which helps highlight the dangers of child abuse. The three young ladies at back left are Nadia Atkinson, Dulishia Mitchell and Kalieai Cleland. At far right is Abby Zelczak. The four young men in front are Anthony Stargell, Chris White, Malik Wynn and Ty Herring.

Volunteers from the Keystone Club of the Boys and Girls Club of Newnan spent Tuesday morning planting pinwheels for a good cause — to raise awareness of child abuse and how it can be prevented.

Tuesday’s event was celebrated on the front lawn of the Newnan Municipal Building/Wadsworth Auditorium and was sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Coweta. The group functions as an advocate organization in the local community.

Child abuse is a problem that so often goes undetected, thereby leading to a child suffering irreparable damage, said representatives. One case is one too many, they emphasized. The pinwheels will remain up during the month of April.

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady read a proclamation declaring April as Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month. Brady also thanked the young people from the Boys and Girls Club for their participation in Tuesday’s event and praised Prevent Child Abuse Coweta for its hard work over the years.

Following Brady’s remarks, Susan Ebersbach, coordinator of Prevent Child Abuse Coweta, thanked everyone for coming and made brief remarks about the problem of child abuse and the need to keep focused on the prevention efforts throughout the year.

The group’s annual Candlelight Vigil for Prevent Child Abuse will be held in Newnan’s Greenville Street Park on April 25 at 7 p.m.

Prevent Child Abuse Coweta continues to seek volunteers to raise awareness and to provide education about child abuse and neglect.

Community members are invited to the group’s next meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Rutledge building across from the old Piedmont Newnan Hospital campus on Hospital Road off Temple Avenue west of downtown Newnan.

Anyone who is interested in being on the email list for PCAC should contact pcacoweta@gmail.com or call 770-251-6173.



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