City of Charleston to receive 'pinwheel city' designation

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg will announce the city's designation as a "pinwheel city" Thursday morning.

The pinwheel is known as the national symbol to prevent child abuse because it's connected with the innocence of children.

"Our goal this April, and throughout the entire year, is to educate the community on child abuse prevention and to increase awareness of the healing services and resources available to victims and their families," Executive director and CEO of Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Dr. Carole Swiecicki said. "When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in the community and economic development. Unfortunately, children are sometimes exposed to extreme and sustained stress like child abuse and neglect, which can undermine a child's development."

The Children's Trust of South Carolina states it's the only statewide organization focused on the prevention of child abuse, neglect and injury. The announcement will be made Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Colonial Lake near the corner of Broad Street and Rutledge Avenue.

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