In recognition of National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, local community groups will plant a pinwheel garden in Boardman Park.

The initiative is a collaboration between Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley's Child Advocacy Center and Mahoning County Children Services called Pinwheels for Prevention.

The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention.

Since 1983, April marks National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, which aims to raise awareness of the importance and the need for families and communities to work together to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Additionally, it emphasizes the need for individuals to be vigilant and report suspected child abuse or neglect to local law enforcement and child protective services agencies.

Pinwheel displays are 'planted' in communities across the nation during the month of April to remind the public to advocate and report child abuse or neglect when suspected. 

The pinwheel garden is expected to be planted Friday afternoon.