National Child Abuse Prevention Month Observed at the Iconic Rutgers College Avenue Gym with State and Community Leaders Planting New Jersey’s BIG PINWHEEL GARDEN

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – March 28, 2016 – Dozens of community leaders, children’s advocates and university students will join Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey (PCA-NJ) on Friday, April 1, 11 a.m. at the Rutgers College Avenue Gym (130 College Avenue, New Brunswick) to call the citizens and State to act in support of ensuring Great Childhoods for all children. 

Special guests will include Shondelle Wills, New Jersey Department of Children and Families; and Melanie Hoffman, Center on Violence Against Women & Children, Rutgers University.

The pinwheel is a simple symbol of a happy childhood and the national logo of Prevent Child Abuse America and all 50 state chapters.  At Friday’s event, attendees will wave pinwheels in the spring breeze, and then plant hundreds of pinwheels around the perimeter of the Rutgers College Avenue Gym.

“We want a Great Childhood for every child in New Jersey,” said PCA-NJ Executive Director Rush Russell.  He added, “Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is one of the oldest and most highly regarded institutions of higher education in the nation.   We are delighted to host our Big Pinwheel Garden at Rutgers and to remind folks that everyone can play a role to ensure a happy and healthy childhood for all of NJ’s children …. and to prevent child abuse before it ever happens.” 

The New Jersey Big Pinwheel Garden is sponsored by Sigma Delta Tau-Beta Tau, Magyar Bank, and Rotary Club of New Brunswick.


Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey was founded in 1979 and is the only statewide organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all forms for all New Jersey children.  PCA-NJ promotes Great Childhoods, positive parenting and healthy child development.  Annually, the charity serves tens of thousands of children and families throughout the 21 counties of New Jersey.   For more information, please visit or call 732-246-8060.