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Painting the county blue


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  Several local organizations are striving to see Henry County awash in blue ribbons and pinwheels over the next month to spotlight the fight against child abuse.

Board members and volunteers with Prevent Child Abuse Henry County and other organizations display their pinwheels in front of the McDonough Square, site of next week’s candlelight vigil.               Photo by Monroe Roark

  Since April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the “Paint Henry County Blue” campaign is gearing up behind the leadership of Prevent Child Abuse Henry County and the Southern Crescent Child Advocacy Center. Other groups getting involved include Connecting Henry, Communities in Schools of Henry County, Haven House, A Friend’s House, Piedmont Henry Hospital, the Department of Family and Children Services, the county’s library system and fire department as well as all four cities.

  So far a total of 1,472 pinwheels and 201 bows have been designated to adorn 29 different sites around the county. The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention, and organizers want residents to see pinwheel gardens and blue bows all around town to bring awareness to child abuse prevention efforts in Henry County.

  A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. on the Square in McDonough. Local residents are also encouraged to wear blue the following day in support of the initiative.

  Susan Crutchfield, a volunteer with Prevent Child Abuse Henry County and the Southern Crescent Child Advocacy Center, first saw the blue campaign when she lived in Florida. She is heading up this campaign locally and hopes to see it expand far beyond what has been done here in the past.

  “We’d like to see this grow and get surrounding counties involved,” she said. “With the number of deaths related to child abuse in the state, it’s really important for us to get this message out.”

  There is still time to get involved. The best source of information about the campaign is on its Facebook page, entitled “Paint the Town Blue in Henry County, Georgia.” A Facebook search should bring it right up. The page includes a schedule of activities and suggestions of things anyone can do to help.

  For any other questions, the e-mail address is



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