Charles Town, W.Va.– Members of the Jefferson County Schools’ central office honored child abuse awareness month on April 4 by planting blue pinwheels, the universal symbol of child abuse awareness.
This project is displayed on the central office’s front lawn throughout the month of April. Approximately 50 blue pinwheels were used to set the scene. The school system partnered with the Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center and WV Partners for Prevention to help raise awareness.
The Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center and WV Partners for Prevention are West Virginia based organizations serving Jefferson County that promotes children’s well-being. “The teamwork between the Jefferson County school system, Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center and WV Partners for Prevention helps to shine a light on an important issue in our community affecting our children,” said Mary Ellen Lloyd, facilitator of student support at Jefferson County Schools.
These community teams have come together to raise awareness of child abuse prevention, as well as develop and expand effective services that prevent or reduce child maltreatment. These partnerships also inform policymakers about best practices in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
To learn more about this project, visit preventchildabusewv.org.
About Jefferson County Schools
The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” Jefferson County Schools represents one of the top academic districts in the state of West Virginia. With 17 schools, including Jefferson High School, which was ranked sixth in the state in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report, the school district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. C.W. Shipley Elementary received the National Blue Ribbon Schools award in 2014. The district annually receives teacher grants for student programs and has an award-winning state middle school jazz band.
Visit boe.jeff.k12.wv.us to learn more about Jefferson County Schools.