WESLEY CHAPEL — Members of the GFWC Pasco Junior Woman's Club spent Easter Sunday planting blue and silver pinwheels along State Road 56, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Within a few days, the pinwheels vanished.
"I was so disappointed when I drove by," said Patricia Murphy, who organized the Pinwheels for Prevention effort. "I stopped and spoke to the three construction crews working on SR 56 and they all said the same thing, the pinwheels were there on (April 2) and gone when they came to work on (April 3). Even the fella that has the fruit stand couldn't believe it."
So the volunteer service club went out and put up scores of new pinwheels — this time attaching them to wooden posts owned by Sierra Properties, which gave their blessing. The pinwheels run for about a half-mile between Interstate 75 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard.
The project is meant to raise awareness in Pasco County, which had 7,434 reports of child abuse in 2011, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. The Pasco Juniors raised $2,400 with the pinwheel project to support abused and neglected children and help fund parenting classes.
The Pasco Juniors meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Seven Oaks Country Club in Wesley Chapel. For information visit GFWCPascoJuniors.wix.com/welcome.