GREENFIELD — Local organizations dedicated to the welfare of children and families came together Wednesday to plant pinwheels on the Hancock County Courthouse lawn.

The blue and silver pinwheels represent the ideal innocence of childhood; placing them in public view aims to raise awareness of child abuse prevention efforts throughout April, said Amanda Resler, director of Hancock County Department of Child Services.

Representatives from Hancock County Prevent Child Abuse, Hancock County Exchange Club, Children’s Bureau Inc., Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hancock County, the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office, and Families First spoke at the event, describing what their organization does to prevent child abuse.

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The children’s choir from St. Michael School, comprising first- and second-graders, ended the event on an uplifting note with three songs.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or