If you’re in Chicago this week, you should stop by Navy Pier and see our exhibit at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show! We were invited to present after sharing the concept of a “pinwheel garden” with the organizers of the event and they loved the idea! So with that said, what exactly is a Pinwheel Garden of Gratitude?
The Pinwheel Garden of Gratitude
Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention. By their very nature, pinwheels remind us of whimsy and playfulness, the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.
At the Flower and Garden show, we will have staff on hand to talk with visitors about prevention, and for the children that visit we will help them with creation of personalized pinwheels that they can decorate and take home. In addition to coloring the pinwheels, children will be encouraged to attach messages of gratitude to them. Why the messages of gratitude? Because research has shown that:
- Gratitude increases children’s positive emotions and optimism and makes them feel more connected to school and valuable relationships;
- Gratitude also makes parents and teachers feel more satisfied and accomplished; and
- Gratitude motivates other individuals to reciprocate kindness or extend it to others.
We are hopeful that by spreading the message of gratitude and connecting it with our vision of the great childhoods that all children deserve, visitors will better understand the power of prevention and the simple, everyday steps they can take to make a difference in their lives. So if you’re in Chicago this week, please stop by and see us (and as a special treat, if you enter the code PCAA16 when you’re buying tickets, you’ll get an exclusive discount)!
What are you grateful for? Tweet us @PCAAmerica with your own message of gratitude and we’ll share it with our followers, or comment on our Facebook post and let us know what you’re doing to help promote great childhoods in your community!