The event will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Boulevard Gardens when the Silent Children’s Garden will officially open. Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, DDS, elected officials, and community members will participate.
Located next to the Peninsula Health Department, at the corner of Warwick Blvd. and J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News, a display of colorful, spinning pinwheels, and silhouettes of children will help to remind passersby about child abuse prevention. The pinwheels serve as the national symbol to represent hope, health, and safety for children throughout Virginia and everywhere. The silhouettes were decorated by students from before & after school programs in Newport News as entries in an art contest sponsored by the Mariners’ Museum. The winning design will be selected by the votes of those individuals attending the event and will be exhibited at the Mariners’ Museum until mid-April.
Through the generous donations of the National Counseling Group, Inc., Kiwanis Club of Warwick Inc., N2Eyes, Liberty Pediatrics, Riverside Health, and other private donors, the many colorful pinwheels displayed will help emphasize the need to protect our children. To learn more about the pinwheel project and child abuse prevention in Virginia, please visit http://pcav.org.
The Newport News Healthy Families Initiative (NNHFI) is a public agency governed by the City of Newport News that has provided home visitation services to first time parents since 1997. To learn more about NNHFI, please contact Glynda Lowery Program Supervisor, at 757-926-6492 or visit http://www.nnva.gov/355/Home-Visitation-Services.