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      Midlands students raise awareness with pinwheels

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Boxes of pinwheels made their way to the front lawn of Spring Valley High School Thursday afternoon as part of an initiative to raise awareness for child abuse and neglect.

      Jacob Parker and Chrissy Jordan both students at Spring Valley are leading "Pinwheels for Prevention" during April which is National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

      Parker, Jordan and other students planted more than a thousand pinwheels lined in rows out front of the school with the idea of drawing attention to the issue.

      "We have already had some of my friends tell me, what are all those things in front of the school, like I was driving here and almost got blinded by them," said Parker.

      The students will raise money all month hoping to add to their pinwheel garden and help a State organization.

      "For every 50 cents that we raise we use that to buy another pinwheel, and we buy them from the Childrens Trust. From there they send the money straight to abused and neglected children, wherever they can help they use the money for that," said Parker.

      According to the South Carolina Children's Advocacy Medical Response System, there are 21 thousand reports of suspected child abuse or neglect each year.

      According to Children's Trust pinwheels are the national symbol for a happy healthy safe childhood, and for those who want to get involved with "Pinwheels for Prevention"can go to their website.