Janet Bente Romero: Pinwheel gardens are blooming


Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:34 a.m.

Pinwheel gardens are blooming in Alachua County and all over Florida. With the onset of spring, they catch our eyes from where they have been nestled among more familiar landscapes.

These gardens are established by the hands of those currently working to prevent child abuse. With April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, they are set out as a reminder that each of us can and does have a hand in protecting children throughout Florida – from the inner city to remote rural areas.

Like priceless vases, our children are fragile and deserving of the greatest care. Who would deny that we should employ every resource not to break the vase instead of hoping that, after it’s broken, we can somehow patch it together? While it’s not impossible to heal a child who by no fault of their own has been broken by abuse, more often their potential can be hindered and their future may not hold all that it might have.

That it takes a village is an understatement. Consider how you can assist in preventing child abuse, by providing a caring and nurturing environment not only for your own family, but for our collective family.

You can help those of us working in the garden by fortifying our tools; through volunteering, sharing new ideas, lending your networks, making introductions, participating on boards, hosting activities, attending events, being a sponsor, making in-kind donations, and committing financial support. Together, we can cultivate a better today and tomorrow for our children.

Janet Bente Romero,

Community Development Administrator, Circuits 3 & 8

Florida Department of Children and Families

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