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Battle against child abuse

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By Stephen Thomas

 Members of Bullitt Central High School’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) had their wheels spinning in an effort to raise child abuse awareness.

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Students planted 236 blue and silver pinwheels in the school’s front lawn, each wheel representing a separate child abuse report in Bullitt County in 2011.

FCCLA president Haley Benefield said the pinwheels were symbolic, hoping to help lift the victims’ spirits.

“It signifies letting the issue go by,” she said. “The wind carries off your spirit.”

Taylor Brow, FCCLA community service officer, said the sight of the numerous pinwheels showed the prominence of the issue.

“People see them and say wow, look at all of them,” said Brown. “Each represents a child/ It shows the significance of the problem.”

The FCCLA planted the pinwheels in April to coincide with the designation of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

The group will plant pinwheels in the Bullitt County Courthouse lawn on Wednesday, April 24, at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event.