Seiter Center students plant pinwheels to bring awareness to child abuse


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:39 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

25-year-old Patrick Robinson, a student at the Seiter Education Service Center, plants a pinwheel into the ground with the help of student aide Christine Frances alongside E. Van Deinse Street in Greenville Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — There was no shortness of wind Monday for a set of pinwheels planted by students at the Seiter Education Service Center to spin wildly for a greater cause.

With winds reaching between 30 and 40 mph, bringing down tree branches and power lines throughout the area, about a dozen students placed more than 20 plastic pinwheels in the front lawn of the school.

The pinwheels were provided by the We Care for Kids Council and were placed in the ground to bring awareness to Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.

“The pinwheels are to signify the awareness campaign and it’s something that each county does every year,” Kim Brown, a past chairwoman of the We Care for Kids Council, said.

Current Chairman Jim Vanderlaan said the the council started including kids in the project in recent years to help spread awareness on a younger level.

“Pinwheels are an item that children would play with,” he said. “The hope is that people will pay attention and become more aware of child abuse and neglect. We just want to increase the awareness.”

10-year-old Tony Aho, a student at the Seiter Education Service Center, plants a pinwheel into the front yard of the school alongside E. Van Deinse Street in Greenville Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Vice Chairwoman Cindy Hill said the pinwheels in front of the education center are just one set of several throughout Montcalm County.

Seiter Education Service Center Principal Derek Cooley said this was a great opportunity for students at his school to work together while helping to promote awareness.

“I think anything to help out, especially when the students are also helping each other, through something as simple as putting pinwheels on the ground is excellent.” he said. “And then there is the greater, broader cause of bringing attention to abused and neglected kids.”

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