New Canaan Students Put Spotlight On Child Abuse, Neglect

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New Canaan High School students placed more than 1,800 pinwheels on the lawn of Vine Cottage to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect.
New Canaan High School students placed more than 1,800 pinwheels on the lawn of Vine Cottage to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan High School students placed more than 1,800 pinwheels on the lawn of Vine Cottage to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect. 

The students placed 1,864 pinwheels that represented symbols of childhood as a way of commemorate children who were abused and neglected in Fairfield County in 2013, according to a press release. New Canaan High School TeenTalk counselor Ed Milton led the effort.

TeenTalk is a "safe, confidential outlet for students struggling with difficult circumstances and as part of the wider network of Kids in Crisis, enables students to build coping skills and, when necessary, find safe havens," the press release said.

Kids in Crisis is a "free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises, including domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more," according to the group's website.

"Over 100,000 families and children have been helped by Kids in Crisis through crisis counseling services, temporary shelter and prevention programs provided throughout the area," Kids in Crisis said on the website. 

More information about TeenTalk and Kids in Crisis can be found at the Kids in Crisis website.

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