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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

4.19.2012 (Columbus, Ohio) – Thousands of pinwheels will decorate COSI’s lawn Saturday, April 21, 2012 to represent just a fraction of those who are speaking out against child abuse and neglect in Franklin County.

“The purpose of the pinwheels is to give a visual demonstration of how people are speaking out against child abuse,” said Tifani Kendrick, Manager of Youth Outreach at COSI. “Placing them at COSI gives the cause more visibility and our visitors a chance to engage with them.”

“Franklin County Children Services receives more than 2,300 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect each month. As we observe Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, we strongly encourage the community to help us raise awareness of this national tragedy. These blue childhood toys remind us that every child needs our protection,” said Joetta McCruter-Polk, Communications Specialist at Franklin County Children Services.

“Each pinwheel stands for an individual who has strengthened a family, relieved stressors and helped prevent child abuse and neglect,” stated Kristen Rost, Interim Executive Director of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. “As we see the pinwheels blowing in the wind throughout the month of April, let them remind us of ways we can strengthen families in our own neighborhoods and communities.”

Planting will begin at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 21, following brief remarks from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and Franklin County Children Services. Additionally, on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 5pm – 8pm, please join us for “Find Your Voice,” an evening hosted by COSI’s Teen Advisory Council featuring music, poetry and performances by Columbus youth.

The “Find Your Voice” program will be free with admission to COSI’s Family Friday Night. Friday, April 27, 2012 is Family Friday Night at COSI. On the last Friday of each month, COSI offers extended hours (5pm-9pm) and price reduced admission to families so they can visit, learn and play late. General admission is $9.95 and includes an Extreme Screen Theater film.

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Author; Jaclyn Reynolds

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Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 15 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.