SPARTA, NJ – April was proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday, April 12.  Mayor Gil Gibbs read a proclamation with the Sparta Women’s Club looking on. 

Gibbs said, “All children should be able to have a safe and healthy childhood.”

The women distributed blue pinwheels, a symbol of Child Abuse Prevention.  They asked people to plant them in their gardens.  They explained the pinwheels “denotes whimsy and childlike notions and reminds us of the great childhoods we want for all children.”

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Before the meeting the women gathered in the Lake House Café in White Deer Plaza to celebrate the proclamation.

For the month of April the Sparta Women’s Club has a display in support of Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey.  The agency serves to educate, support, advocate and provide public awareness programs to strengthen families and prevent any form of child abuse for New Jersey children.

The organization also works with expectant parents, parents of young children and partners with various community agencies to help prevent sexual child abuse and human trafficking according to the Sparta Women’s Club.

Ginnie’s House on High Street in Newton is also hosting an event to recognize the importance of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.