‘Pinwheels for Prevention’ bloom in Weiskotten courtyard

SUNY Upstate College of Medicine

Upstate students plant "Pinwheels for Prevention" in the Weiskotten courtyard Wednesday as part of an awareness campaign for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Photos by Deborah Rexine.

Upstate students raised $200 for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and have added some temporary beauty to campus in the form of dazzling blue pinwheels.

“Pinwheels for Prevention” is an awareness campaign during April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheels planted by Upstate students in the Weiskotten courtyard join similar displays at Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, Columbus Circle and many other Central New York locations.

SUNY Upstate College of Medicine McMahon/Ryan

Upstate students Christopher Botash, Adriana Verwey and Alison Stringham help plant "Pinwheels for Prevention" in the Weiskotten courtyard.

Upstate’s pinwheels will remain in front of Weiskotten Hall until early next week, but will sprout again in 2014, said second-year medical student Alison Stringham. She is the outgoing president of the Docs for Tots pediatric interest group, made up of students interested in pediatrics and child-related community service opportunities.

“We had a great response from students and faculty,” Ali said of the recent sale of the $1 pinwheels. “We’ll keep these 200, add more next year and just grow and grow.”

All proceeds go to McMahon/Ryan, which has distributed pinwheels to 21 schools and businesses in Central New York. The agency ordered more than 6,200 pinwheels this year and has some left for sale, said office manager Emily Chase.

Incoming Docs for Tots president Adriana Verwey, a first-year medical student, said the pinwheels are a fitting symbol for the message of preventing child abuse.

“I look at them as a symbol of fun and happiness – I picture a kid running through a park with a pinwheel,” she said.

SUNY Upstate Docs for Tots McMahon/Ryan

The "Pinwheels for Prevention" planted by Upstate students will be in the Weiskotten courtyard until early next week.

 

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