Thanks to local organizers who generously shared their prevention month activities! Below is a long list of ideas for promoting child abuse prevention and your group’s work in April. We hope this list helps you identify a few activities you could carry out in your communities. If you have questions about any of these activities or would like to connect with sites doing this work, please e-mail Rachel Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also email Rachel with other ideas you’d like to share. Events
Family Fest: invite family-focused agencies to share information with parents and offer fun activities for children and families.
Art contest: Ask elementary schools or children in the community to color a pinwheel coloring sheet (or draw a fun activity they do with a parent or a happy memory of childhood) for a chance to win a prize and have their work displayed in a public location. You can also feature work on social media (with permission); find pinwheel coloring sheet on PCA Iowa website.
Hold an open house to share your council’s work and recruit volunteers
Sponsor a luncheon to honor individuals in the community who work with children and families. Invite the media, provide awards and feature an engaging speaker (perhaps a parent who can share a powerful story of how your services benefited them).
Plant pinwheels in a community space such as along a popular bridge or community park. Invite the public to help. Have a sign that explains why the pinwheels are there this month.
Set up a pinwheel scavenger hunt around town. Families who can spot all the pinwheels are entered to win a prize.
Ask organizers if you can attend any family-focused events that month. Bring pinwheels to hand out to children, have activities and share positive messages about parenting
Ask a local movie theater to show a family-friendly movie and donate the ticket proceeds to your organization. Host a family gathering before or after the movie.
Ask schools to hold a “Blue Out” day where students dress up in blue for the school day or at a sports game in support of prevention. Honor those who participate in a newsletter or with a small prize.
Ask grocery stores to share information at the register, let you have an information table near the front entrance or donate grocery sacks that can be colored by children and used to bag groceries that month.
College students can promote the month with sidewalk chalk messages around campus.
Get community leaders (city mayors, council members, etc.) involved in prevention month efforts and promote their participation; ask them for a Proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention Month; see PCA Iowa website for a sample proclamation.
Work with businesses to host a jeans day fundraiser or sell pinwheels
Work with restaurants or hospital cafeterias to display pinwheels and table tents sharing information about prevention
Ask businesses to display the bouquets in their businesses and even collect donations for customers wanting to purchase pinwheels.