Medina County Children Deserve to be Safe, Loved, and Protected

Written by Kristen Minichello

This April, the Medina County Community stepped up to raise awareness of the crucial role we all play in Child Abuse Prevention.

Pinwheel Garden Project

Wear Blue Day

Our Board of Directors stands united in their commitment to keeping kids safe and helping them on their path to healing. They proudly Wear Blue to show their support during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Children Center of Medina County’s staff is proudly Wearing Blue in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every child deserves to be safe, loved, and protected.

Pinwheel Walk

Thank you to the businesses and organizations that donated their time, talent, and resources to help make the Pinwheel Walk such a wonderful event!

Volunteers from Huntington National Bank brought their treat tent and plenty of cool treats. Everyone loved getting a photo with Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio. How great did the Historic Medina Square look decked out in the amazing balloon creations from Bubbles & Bows LLC? EnchantaRoo Face and Body Art made many kids’ day with her artistic creations. Medina County Job and Family Services helped children craft their own artistic Pinwheels. Medina County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Police Unit brought smiles to many faces. Volunteer Mascots from Wadsworth City Schools and Medina City Schools brought school spirit to the event. Thank you Minnehaha Water Outlet Online for the bottled waters to keep everyone hydrated and healthy. The joyful faces of our committed community were captured through the photographs of Brooke Mott, Brooklyn Media and videography of David Samuelson, DST.

We are grateful for volunteers, David and Toula Barlow and Charlcie Towne and Quil Towne, who marked the locations for planting the Pinwheels. Students from Highland Local School District National Honor Society and John and Dominic Minichello helped prep the garden and, along with The Children’s Center Staff, set up the event. Carol Rhodes and Nadia Lenhart for cleaning, sorting and counting Pinwheels. Charlcie Towne for painting 600 chopsticks. Anna Guy-Leach, Amy Kerr, Mary Toth, and Charlcie Towne registered attendees on site. Amy Cox and Joan Pritchett answered questions about The Children’s Center at the Outreach Table while Ellysa Paras, Kennedy Rondini, and Jenine Tanner passed out Pinwheels for attendees to plant in the Pinwheel Garden. Madison Davisson took charge of the audio system providing music and microphones.

Thank you to City of Medina Councilman John Coyne and Medina County Commissioner Aaron Harrison for presenting Proclamations recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. State Representative Sharon A. Ray and Debbie Kiley, Medina County Job and Family Services’ Director shed light on the issue of Child Abuse in Medina County. The Medina Police Department Auxiliary helped control traffic keeping everyone safe.

A very special thank you to Richard Swiger for bravely sharing his experience overcoming the impact of Child Abuse and Neglect. The Medina County District Library has been a wonderful host and a fantastic location for the Pinwheel Garden. (You can check it out through May 3rd!)

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the Staff, Board of Directors, and Volunteers at The Children’s Center who all worked together for many months to make this a successful event, and the supportive community that came to spend a beautiful day raising awareness for children to be safe, loved, and protected. Thank you so much!

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